STOW – A dozen students were recognized for their artwork by the mayor and fire chief Jan. 9 at City Hall.

Stow Fire Chief Mark Stone and Mayor John Pribonic awarded certificates and goodie bags for creating safety posters for the 2020 Poster Contest.

Safety Educator Mel Adams said the contest, which began in 1968, was opened to fourth- and fifth-graders in the Stow-Munroe Falls School District and at Holy Family School. Out of 120 posters submitted, 12 were chosen as winners and the artwork will be made into a calendar. The posters created will be displayed in the hallways of the safety building for a year.

The winners also will ride on top of the fire truck in the Fourth of July parade.

The Grand Prize Graphic Winner was Mya Nguyen of Indian Trail School. Amanda Bokisa of Holy Family School won a $250 gift certificate from Eddy's Bike Shop, and Evan Quinn of Woodland School won a $250 gift certificate from Marty's Bike Shop.

The other nine winners were Abigail Alberta of Holy Family School, Sebastian Eliser and Alexa Kirk of Fishcreek School; Eloise Julius of Highland School; Gabriela Patton of Echo Hills School; and Dalyla Luette, Caelyn Morrison, Sophia Pecoraro and Keyue Yu of Lakeview School.

Sponsors for the program include Marty's Bike Shop, Eddy's Bike Shop, Oak Group Inc., Burger King on Graham Road, Premier Printing & Signs, The Tavern of Stow and Olympic Awards.

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