Fourth-grader wins grand prize in safety poster contest |

Fourth-grader wins grand prize in safety poster contest

Strawberry Park Elementary fourth-grader Ellana Williams was recognized Thursday as the grand-prize winner of the Steamboat Ski Area’s fourth annual safety poster contest. For her winning poster, she received a child’s season pass for the 2004-05 season.

The contest started four years ago as an initiative from the National Ski Areas Association, said Steamboat Ski Area representative Mike Lane.

The contest is held in elementary schools in ski towns across the country to promote skier safety.

“It’s a great way to show kids the importance of the skier responsibility code and safety on the mountain,” Lane said.

Students were asked to submit drawings that depicted a rule from the skier safety code or their favorite aspect of on-mountain safety.

First-, second- and third-place winners were selected from each of Routt County’s seven elementary schools. First-place winners received $50 cash, second-place winners got $25 gift certificates good at the ski area, and third-place winners received “pizza packs” good for five slices of pizza and five drinks at the ski area. In all, twenty-three students’ winning posters will be entered into the NSAA’s national contest, Lane said.

The winner will be selected based on the poster’s connection to safety, its visual impact and originality. The winner of the national contest will be featured in the October 2004 issue of Ski Magazine, and possibly in other major ski publications. Those winners will be announced April 1.

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