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SFMO Honors 2018 Fire Prevention Poster & Video Contest Winners

Awarded Signed Certificate, Cash Prize for Helping to Spread Fire Safety Messages
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 01:34pm

NASHVILLE –The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) proudly recognized the winning entrants in its 2018 Fire Prevention Poster Contest and Fire Prevention Video Contest with an awards event on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Williamson County Emergency Operations Center in Franklin.

Both statewide contests, which kicked off this fall, were designed to harness Tennesseans’ talent and creativity to help spread awareness of key fire prevention topics and messages.

The poster contest is a longstanding event used by the SFMO to highlight and promote fire safety awareness throughout Tennessee schools. This year’s contest theme corresponded with the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week campaign focused on bringing awareness to fire safety: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

Local fire departments sponsored the poster contest in schools from their districts and judged a winner from each grade. The local winners were then sent to the SFMO for final judging in Nashville. Over 115 poster entries were received this year. The winners were selected by a panel of experts who generously volunteered their time.

Each statewide poster contest winner received a $50 prize check and a certificate of achievement signed by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee. Pictures of the winning posters can be found here.                                                                                                         

Division I (K- 5th grade) Poster Winner
Cecil Ward
Supported by Gallatin Fire Department

Division II (6th – 12th grade) Poster Winner
Mason Rivera
Supported by Collierville Fire Department

Kindergarten Poster Winner
Bo Williams
Supported by Sweetwater Fire Department

First Grade Poster Winner
Molly O’Donnell
Supported by Chattanooga Fire Department

Second Grade Poster Winner
Ben Williams
Supported by Gallatin Fire Department

Third Grade Poster Winner
Swetha Somasundaram
Supported by Collierville Fire Department

Fourth Grade Poster Winner
Ava Craighead
Supported by Gallatin Fire Department

Fifth Grade Poster Winner
Jolie Lunsford
Supported by Greenfield Fire Department

Sixth Grade Poster Winner
Hailey Strong
Supported by Collierville Fire Department

Seventh Grade Poster Winner
Misty Ngo
Supported by Bartlett Fire Department

Eighth Grade Poster Winner
Alexis Hotsinpiller
Supported by Baxter Fire Department

Ninth Grade Poster Winner
NaTasia Chunn
Supported by Bell Buckler Fire Department

Tenth Grade Poster Winner
Savannah Kilgore
Supported by Collierville Fire Department

Eleventh Grade Poster Winner
Sydney Prascak
Supported by Collierville Fire Department

Twelfth Grade Poster Winner
Myrna Trevino
Supported by Collierville Fire Department

Commissioner’s Choice Poster Winner
Carter Stephenson
Supported by Greenfield Fire Department

The video contest, which is in its third year, was open to Tennessee residents of all ages. Both individuals and groups (including families, classes, senior groups, fire departments and more) were eligible to submit entries.  Entrants were given the topic of “Close the Door” and were challenged to make videos that were both educational and entertaining.

The first place video contest winner received a $500 prize check and the second place video contest winner received a $250 prize check. Both video contest prizes were generously donated by Knox Company. The winning videos can be viewed here.

First Place Video Contest Winner
Yoshie Lewis

Second Place Video Contest Winner
Greenfield Fire Department

Photos and video from the awards event can be found on the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s YouTube channel and Flickr page.

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