Metra Safety Poster and Essay Contest Winners announced
Metra has announced the winners of its 16th Annual Safety Poster and Essay Contest, asking students across Metra's service area to illustrate through posters and essays the importance of safe behaviors near the railroad. This year's theme is "Stay Safe, Stay Off Train Tracks."
The Safety Poster and Essay Contest asks students to take on an advocacy role and communicate the importance of safety near the tracks. This year's theme: "Stay Safe, Stay Off Train Tracks"emphasizes the importance of being aware of your surroundings and personal safety when near railroad tracks, platforms, and crossings, which can be extremely dangerous.
One first-, second- and third-place winner has been selected from each grade, K through 12, for the poster contest and will be awarded the following prizes:
First Place: $500 gift card
Second Place: $250 gift card
Third Place: $100 gift card
Students were also able to submit an essay describing in 300 words or less why it’s important to "Stay Safe, Stay Off Train Tracks." when near railroad tracks, platforms, and crossings. One first-place prize is being awarded in each of the essay contest's three divisions: grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12. One winner from each division will receive a $500 gift card. In addition, winning designs will be featured in Metra’s safety calendar, website, weekend passes, and social media.
The contest is open to all students in grades K through 12 living or attending school in Metra’s six-county service area: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will. If a student won first place in the 2021-2022 contest that student was NOT eligible to enter in the 2022-2023 contest.
Printable posters promoting the contest are available here:
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
Members of the general public can participate by selecting their favorite poster from this year’s first-place winners, which can be viewed at the bottom of this page. The artist who garners the most votes will receive an additional $250 prize. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the July 19 meeting of the Metra Board of Directors. After you've picked your favorite, go here to vote.
KindergartenBrookdale Elementary, Naperville
1st GradeLife Christian School, St. Charles
2nd GradeKildeer Countryside Elementary School, Kildeer
3rd GradeRobert Crown Elementary School, Wauconda
4th GradeReba O. Steck Elementary School, Aurora
5th GradeWoodland Intermediate School, Gurnee
6th GradeAptakisic Junior High School, Buffalo Grove
7th GradeAntioch Upper Grade School, Antioch
8th GradeAptakisic Junior High School, Buffalo Grove
James Beomjin Kim
9th GradeWilliam Fremd High School, Palatine
10th GradeHoffman Estates High School, Hoffman Estates
11th GradeNew Trier High School, Winnetka
Wil Van Dyne
12th GradeCary-Grove High School, Cary