The Carroll Fire Department recently presented prizes to the first-through-third-place winners in the local Fire Prevention Poster Contest.
The contest was open to third- through fifth-graders at Carroll Community and Kuemper Catholic schools.
The Fire Department’s contest committee judged the entries based on effectiveness conveying this year’s theme, “Plan and Practice Your Escape,” as well as artistic ability, originality and neatness.
Students who submitted the top three entries received cash prizes — $25 for first place, $15 for second place and $10 for third place. First-place posters from each grade advance to the Iowa Firefighters Association’s state competition, where prizes are $100, $50 and $25 for first through third places. In addition, the winning state posters will be displayed at the Firefighters Association’s Hall of Flame at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
The winners’ local fire departments will receive $50 to be used for their fire-prevention programs.
Carroll-contest results are:
Third Grade — 1, Maggie Haberl, Kuemper. 2, Brooke Mentzer, Kuemper. 3, Alexa Schreck, Kuemper.
Fourth Grade — 1, Anna Schuette, Kuemper. 2, Ella Brincks, Kuemper. 3, Joey Tryon, Kuemper.
Fifth Grade — 1, Aden Gustafson, Carroll Middle School. 2, Kiley Warnke, Carroll Middle School. 3, Emely Avilez, Carroll Middle School.
The students received rides from their schools to the fire station on a quick-attack truck driven by firefighter Kevin Reincke and an aerial truck driven by Fire Chief Greg Schreck. At the station, Schreck and Reincke presented the students their prizes, and Schreck led a tour of the station. The students switched trucks for the return rides to their schools.