Gardnerville student wins fire safety poster contest

Carson Valley Middle School student Maile Pierson's poster was selected winner in the middle school division of the second annual State of Nevada Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest.
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO)-- Carson Valley Middle School student Maile Pierson was selected winner in the middle school division of the second annual State of Nevada Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest.

The contest was held in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week that runs from Sunday through Saturday. It and the winners for the high school and fifth and sixth grade categories will run on billboards in the Reno, Carson City, Elko and Las Vegas areas.

This year's theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” The goal is to educate about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire and how to escape safely in the event of one.

The contest was held in coordination with the Fire Prevention Association of Nevada and participating fire departments statewide.

“We are excited to have received so many creative posters from across Nevada,” State Fire Marshal Chief Bart Chambers said in a statement. “Contests like these help to promote fire safety education with students who will take information from the classroom to their homes and help keep their community fire safe. Congratulations to the winners, to all students and schools, and the local fire departments for the outstanding artwork and for helping to promote such an important message.”

Adrianna Dias of Somerset Academy of Las Vegas won the fifth and sixth grade division and Evelyn Guevara of Bonanza High School in Las Vegas won the high school division.