Students brush up on severe weather awareness

Poster contest winner Mason Strother, a fifth-grader at Startown Elementary School in Catawba County.

The Red Cross and emergency managers from the Unifour counties (Alexander, Burke, Catawba and Caldwell) held its annual Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest for fourth- and fifth-graders.

The overall winner was Mason Strother, a fifth-grader at Startown Elementary School in Catawba County. Mason’s parents, teachers and classmates were present for the surprise presentation by Suzan Anderson from the American Red Cross, Mayor Ann Stedman from the City of Newton and Karyn Yaussy from Catawba County Emergency Management.

The Catawba County winner is Cayman Carpenter a fifth-grader at Oxford Elementary School.

The Catawba County winner is Cayman Carpenter a fifth-grader at Oxford Elementary School. Cayman’s poster depicted a lightning storm. Both Mason and Cayman’s artwork is on display at the Catawba County Government Center through the month of March.

The Alexander County winner is Abigail Rodriguez Meneses from Hiddenite Elementary.

The Burke County winner is Rayna Hudson from Oak Hill Elementary School.

The Burke County winner is Rayna Hudson from Oak Hill Elementary School.

Alexander, Burke and Catawba County students in the 4th or 5th grades submitted posters related to the theme “Severe Weather Awareness” and illustrated an example of a natural hazard that affects North Carolina.

One poster from each county and one overall winner from all entries were chosen as the winners of the Unifour Area Severe Weather Awareness Week Poster Contest. The winners were announced during Severe Weather Awareness Week with surprise presentations at each winner’s school.

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