GREEN  Four Green Middle School students won awards in the annual Safety Poster Contest sponsored by the Summit County Prosecutor's Office under the direction of Prosecutor Sheri Bevan Walsh.

The theme of the contest was "12 Rules For Staying Safe." Students submitted posters related to the 12 rules of staying safe that emphasized abstaining from drugs, tobacco, alcohol and avoiding sexual abuse, bullying and crime. The submissions were then judged by a panel and 12 were selected to represent each month on a calendear. In addition, one poster will be selected for the grand prize for being on the calendar cover. Awards were also given to students who placed second, third, or received an honorable mention. The posters were judged on creativity, artistic merit, and how well they related to the particular rule.

The four GMS students who placed were Jacob Weyrick and Samantha DeMuesy who received third place; Hannah Justice who placed second; and Julianna Huth who placed first.

Huth had her poster selected for the month of March. Besides having her poster in the calendar, she also received a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

Justice received a gift certificate for $75 while DeMuesy and Weyrick each were given a $50 certificate. Every student who participated in the contest also received a copy of the calendar.

Huth's poster was related to drinking.

"I picked this because of a family connection with it, " she said. "I think it is a good way to show kids how to be safe, and how to protect themselves from these things."

"I thought this was a good way to show talent," said Justice, who also focused on alcohol use. "This is a way to promote safety. There are a lot of deaths due to drunk driving. It is one of the biggest problems adults and children face."

DeMeusy also zeroed in on alcohol abuse.

"This was a good way to tell kids how to protect themselves from bad things happening to them," she said. "It is one of the biggest issues I have heard about."

Weyrick's poster dealt with children being home alone.

"This is a pretty good way to stress the rules to younger children," he said. "This is not one of the well known rules, and I think people should know more about it. And I also thought the contest was a fun thing to do."

The students worked under the direction of art teacher Sheri Murray.

"I required my first quarter students to participate in the contest," Murray said. "I also opened it up to students from the study halls if they wanted to take part. I stressed that the students should concentrate on words and imagery. If these were both strong then they had a chance to win a spot in the contest =. The contest was open to any student in Summit County in the sixth, seventh or eighth grades. The winners also will have their work spotlighted in video commercials, reading their poster, on CW TV channel."