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Awards Presented for Annual Tornado Safety Poster Contest

posted Mar 20, 2017, 5:41 AM by Deborah Wickliffe   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 5:44 AM ]
Emily Putman, grade 4, Walhalla Elementary, was selected as the Grand Prize winner in the recent School Tornado Poster Contest conducted by Oconee County Emergency Services.  In addition to a cash award of $45.00, Emily also received a weather alert radio.  

The purpose of the contest is to educate children on the dangers of tornadoes and make them aware of the protective actions that should be taken in the event of a tornado in their area.  

First place winners received awards of $45.00 each and are as follows:
 Grade 1  Malachi Brooks, Fair-Oak Elementary
 Grade 2  Kendra McAlister, Keowee Elementary
 Grade 3  Mara Chappell, Walhalla Elementary
 Grade 4  Emily Putnam, Walhalla Elementary
 Grade 5  Toby Talbot, Fair-Oak Elementary
 Grade 6  Graceson Powell, West-Oak Middle

The following students received second place recognition and awards of $25.00 each:   
 Grade 1  Hannah Winchester, Walhalla Elementary
 Grade 2  Anna Kate Towe, Westminster Elementary
 Grade 3  Hannah Hendrix, Tamassee-Salem Elementary
 Grade 4  Kennedy Hamby, Tamassee-Salem Elementary
 Grade 5  Josh Hood, Westminster Elementary
 Grade 6  Makayla Wright, West-Oak Middle                         

In addition, the following students received honorable mentions and awards of $15.00 each:
 Grade 1  Madison Scroggs, Tamassee-Salem Elementary
 Grade 2  Avyn Hanvey, Ravenel Elementary
 Grade 3  Emily Owens, Tamassee-Salem Elementary
 Grade 4  Cheyenne Fowler, Westminster Elementary
 Grade 5  Lauren Vanemon, Fair-Oak Elementary
 Grade 6  Nicole Dobbs, West-Oak Middle

The panel of judges included Diane Bartlett and Rhea Fletcher.  Diane is a fused and stained glass artist.  Her art is exhibited in North and South Carolina art galleries and local art shows.  She has been working with glass for over thirty years and taught fused glass at Blue Ridge Arts Center.  She believes art should be fun and loves to see artist's enthusiastic with their work no matter the medium.  Rhea Fletcher is currently the head of Art Connection in Keowee Key.  Her work is in museums and private homes around the country.  She framed three of the patents which hang in the Smithsonian and one of her paintings is a part of the Pickens Museum.  She has owned a frame shop and worked in an art gallery.  During the last 17 years of her work life, she managed the framing department in a printing business and chose the artwork for hospitals and offices.

The winning posters will be on display in the County Administrative Building until the middle of April.