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December 28, 2011
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047,
Student Posters Highlight Radon Risks
North Platte, Madrid, Omaha Students Winners
Lincoln–The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Radon Program recently announced the winners of its annual Nebraska Radon Poster Contest for students ages 9–14.
Makayla Snyder, a student at St. Patrick Junior High School in North Platte, was awarded first place with her poster, “Radon is No Magic Trick.” Second place was awarded to Claire Moaliao of Perkins County Public School in Madrid, and in third place was Claire Lavender of Beveridge Magnet Middle School in Omaha. The posters can be found on the DHHS website at
The three students received a gift card prize, and their posters were entered into the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Radon Poster Contest. Lavender’s poster, “Radon Can Cause Lung Cancer,” was awarded Special Mention in the national contest, and she will receive a $400 gift card and national recognition for her achievement.
The poster contest is held each year to highlight the risks posed by exposure to indoor radon, which is a radioactive gas that causes thousands of lung cancer deaths each year. More than 400 students in Nebraska participated in this year’s contest.
“Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer, second only to smoking. This contest helps to increase radon awareness among students, teachers, and parents in communities across Nebraska,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
While radon is highly prevalent in Nebraska, many people are unaware of the risks, according to Schaefer. Inexpensive radon test kits can be used to measure indoor radon, and there are also ways to reduce high levels of radon in homes. 
To learn more about how radon, visit or contact the Nebraska Radon Program at 1-888-334-9491.