NAOSH '03 "Safety-on-the-Job" Poster Contest Winners

Press Release: Kids from Maryland, New Jersey and Chicago Win American Society of Safety Engineers' "Safety-on-the-Job" Poster Contest for NAOSH Week

Jerome Ezra Rhodes of Chicago, IL; Age 9-10 Winner

DES PLAINES, IL (March 25, 2003) - American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) announced today the winners of the 'Safety-on-the-Job' poster contest open to ASSE members' children from each of four eligible age groups from five through 12. The winners are Michael A. Owen, 6, of Burtonsville, MD, in the 5-6 age group; Rachel Hunnicutt, 8, of Montague, NJ, in the 7-8 age group; Jerome Ezra Rhodes, 9, of Chicago, IL, in the 9-10 age group; and, Keith Sneddon, 11, of Forest Hill, MD, in the 11-12 age group.

The winning entries went above and beyond in illustrating safety on the job in this national contest open to all ASSE members' children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The contest is part of this year's ASSE North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week celebration that takes place from May 4 - 10. The winning four posters will be featured on the NAOSH week poster and each of the winners will receive a $1,000 savings bond.

"It is so important to not only teach our children about public safety, for instance not to talk to strangers or to look both ways before crossing the street, but to teach them about other types of safety risks they may encounter as they get older, such as in the workplace, along with some solutions," ASSE President Mark Hansen, P.E., C.S.P, said. "This poster contest helps us, as parents, discuss with our children just what workplace safety is. And the results have been incredible, colorful and extremely creative."

The winners and runners-up, by age group:

  • Age 5-6 Winner: Michael A. Owen, 6 - Burtonsville, MD
  • Age 5-6 Runner-Up: Tessa Farthing, 6 - Fairfield, OH
  • Age 7-8 Winner: Rachel Hunnicutt, 8 - Montague, NJ
  • Age 7-8 Runner-Up: Christian Niedenthal, 7 - Eureka, MO
  • Age 9-10 Winner: Jerome Ezra Rhodes, 9 - Chicago, IL
  • Age 9-10 Runner-Up: Noah Baggett, 9 - Corona, CA
  • Age 11-12 Winner: Keith Sneddon, 11 - Forest Hill, MD
  • Age 11-12 Runner-Up: Alyssa Garcia, 11 - Oyster Bay, NY