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January 22, 2014

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Student Posters Highlight Radon Risks
Contest Winners Announced
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.
Megan Hodson, a student at McCook Central Elementary School in McCook, was awarded first place with her poster, “Radon Can Cause Lung Cancer.”  Second place was awarded to Analise Hernandez, also of McCook Central Elementary School, and in third place was Mikenna Spenceri of Scotus Central Catholic in Columbus.
The three students each received a gift card prize, and their posters were entered into the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Radon Poster Contest.
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. Over 350 students in Nebraska participated in this year’s contest.
“Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer, second only to smoking. This contest helps increase radon awareness among students, teachers, and parents in communities across Nebraska,” said Sara Morgan, Radon Program Manager at Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
While high radon levels are common in Nebraska, many people are unaware of the risks, according to Morgan. 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 radon or to see the winning posters, visit or contact the Nebraska Radon Program at 1-888-334-9491.