Poster contest aims to Put the Brakes on Fatalities

July 28, 2014

All Kansas kids ages 5 to 13 are encouraged to enter artwork in the 13th annual poster contest for Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day - a nationwide effort to increase roadway safety and reduce traffic fatalities.

Three statewide winners will receive family packages at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City and also $50 gift cards from Dillon’s of Kansas.

A total of 18 regional winners in the six regions and age groups (ages 5-7, ages 8-10 and ages 11-13) will each receive a bicycle and a helmet donated by Safe Kids Kansas.

All entries must be postmarked by Friday, Sept. 19, and should be mailed to: AAA Kansas, Public Affairs, 3545 SW 6th Street, Topeka, KS, 66606. On the back of the 8 ½ by 11-inch paper entry must be the child’s full name; age at time of entry; mailing address; county; a parent’s name; and contact phone number. Numerous transportation safety organizations in Kansas sponsor the contest.

For more information, go to KDOT’s website at

Below are the Kansas kids who have won the contest in the past three years:

2013 Poster Contest Winners

Northeast Kansas – Laura Edelman, Sabetha; Reagan de Koning, Axtell; Heather Kahler, Meriden

North Central Kansas – Jada Eilert, Jewell; Ava Brunsell, McPherson; Hannah Wuertz, McPherson

Northwest Kansas – Dashiell Brown, Quinter; Jessica Schroeder, Victoria; Kallie Leiker, Hays

Southeast Kansas – Tucker Leck, Neodesha; Shelby Jones, Ottawa; Riley Brown, Humboldt

South Central Kansas – Chevy DeBusk, Haven; Kendall Schoenhals, Haven; Blaire Haley, Arkansas City

Southwest Kansas - Bristin Buttry, Plains; Bailey Scoggin, Garden City; Peter Hall, Garden City

2012 Poster Contest Winners

Northeast Kansas - Cresinda Bandel, Oskaloosa; Addison Mae Gehrt

Westmoreland; Jacque Stroud, Topeka

North Central Kansas - Kady Toole, Washington; Leah Feldman, Gypsum; Eleanor Wiles, Gypsum

Northwest Kansas - Hayden Gottstine, Logan; Haylee Tien, Logan

Southeast Kansas - Kasey Paige Smith, Cherryvale; Anna Ecoff, Parsons; Riley Brown, Humboldt

South Central Kansas - Von Woleslagel, Hutchinson; Lauren Mason, Benton; Heather Woleslagel, Hutchinson

Southwest Kansas - Serra Clarke, Jetmore; Carson Linenberger, Garden City; Clara Jackson, Garden City

2011 Poster Contest Winners

Northeast Kansas - Sierra de Koning, Axtell; Reagan de Koning, Axtell; Neeharika Kothapalli, Overland Park

North Central Kansas - Elijah Schmidt, Junction City; Breckyn Martens, McPherson; Zoey Rankin, Ottawa

Northwest Kansas - Aaron Moore, Oakley; Indigo Guise, WaKeeney; Donnovan Schroeder, Herndon

Southeast Kansas - Abigail Balson, Coffeyville; Macie Ables, Fredonia; Nathan Cunningham, Iola

South Central Kansas - Heath David Moeckel, Plevna; Britton Maclaughlin, Arkansas City; Jack Kelly Lynch, Wichita

Southwest Kansas - Emmi Lott, Rolla; Emily Allen, Garden City; John Dohogne, Garden City