CARY – Five Cary-Grove High School students won
awards for Metra’s second annual safety poster contest.
The contest is designed to promote railroad safety
practices to students from kindergarten to 12th grade
throughout the six-county Northeastern Illinois region,
according to a news release.
First-place winners include 11th-grader Harrison
Kuykendall and 12th-grader Emily Harvey.
Second-place winners include 10th-grader Stephanie
Emerich and 11th-grader Knick Banas.
Tenth-grader Lizzy Dyrek won third place.
Student participants were judged for first, second and
third place in each grade level.
The transit agency received more than 1,500 entries
from more than 100 schools throughout the region.
“Not only have the students shown extraordinary
talent and creativity in their poster design, but most
importantly, they have also exhibited tremendous
leadership in articulating the importance of railroad safety
to their peers,” Philip A. Pagano, executive director of
Metra, said in a news release.
The theme of this year’s safety poster contest was“Play it Safe: Look, Listen and Live.” It was chosen
to recognize the importance of fundamental safety
behaviors around trains and railroad tracks.
The first-place winning poster designs will be featured
in more than 2,000 schools in the region throughout the
year to encourage safety around trains. The designs also
will be pictured on Metra’s monthly commuter tickets,
featured in Metra’s annual safety calendar, and displayed
in Metra train stations throughout Northeastern Illinois.
This year’s judging panel, which included local
government officials and Metra representatives,
judged each poster based on creativity, originality and
appropriate representation of the contest theme.
The first-place winners received new laptops. The
second- and third-place winners received $250 and $100
gift cards, respectively.