MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management recently held a countywide severe weather awareness poster contest. The goal of the contest was for children in first through sixth grade to demonstrate through illustration the actions they can take before, during and after severe weather events to protect themselves and others.
Hundreds of submissions were received by the EMA office and on Tuesday, a panel of judges comprised of Knox County Health Commissioner Julie Miller, Knox County Auditor Jonette Curry, Mount Vernon Assistant Fire Chief Chris Menapace, Knox County Safety and Loss Prevention Coordinator Emily Marth and Knox County EMA Director Brian Hess reviewed the submissions.
The winners were then selected and were presented with their awards of a trophy and a Dairy Queen gift card on Wednesday. Winners included: Olivia Garber, Centerburg, first grade; Faith Langdon, Centerburg, second grade; Teah Hoffman-Ulmer, Centerburg, third grade; Mary-Claire Morgan, Centerburg, fourth grade; Alex Leber, Centerburg, fifth grade; and Monica McGough, Mount Vernon Middle School, sixth grade.
The winning posters will be on display in the Knox County EMA booth at the Knox County Fair in July for the public to view.