SlopeWise Safety Poster Contest Winners Named

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-March 3, 2011-The 2010/2011 Steamboat SlopeWise Safety Poster Contest Grand Prize Winner as well as the First, Second and Third Place recipients were announced during presentations by Michele Baxter, a member of the Steamboat Ski Area’s Patrol and the safety poster contest coordinator.


“The primary goal of the SlopeWise Safety Poster Contest is to generate awareness of skiing and riding in a safe manner and the appropriate on-hill behavior while making the learning process fun for kids,” said John Kohnke, patrol director for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation.


Sarah Heineke from Strawberry Park Elementary received the overall award from all Yampa Valley school entries as well as from her school. Clinton Bradt, Marjorie Hellyer, Eric Casey, Grace Olinger, McKinley Mahlbauer and Angelica Torres took top billing at their respective schools. A 2011/12 Steamboat child season pass along with $50 cash will go to Heineke. Each 1st place winner will receive $50 cash; 2nd place winner a $25 Steamboat gift certificate and 3rd place a pizza pack.



“The response over the past decade has grown steadily with this year experiencing the best participation in the history of the program, with more than 300 posters submitted and nearly 1,500 children learning about on-mountain safety,” said Baxter. “The sheer volume of posters submitted shows the impact this program is having on children across the Yampa Valley and the ability to keep on-mountain safety fun.”


Hayden Valley Elementary, Christian Heritage, Lowell Whiteman Primary, SOROCO Elementary, Strawberry Park Elementary, Soda Creek Elementary and North Routt Community Charter Schools all participated in the ski area’s 11th annual safety poster program.  Students submitted a poster depicting their favorite aspect of SlopeWise on-mountain safety or the Responsibility Code.



Overall Grand Prize
Sarah Heineke
Strawberry Park Elementary


Hayden Valley Elementary
1st:  Angelica Torres
2nd:  Allison Ingals-Irwin
3rd:  Mason Remington 


Christian Heritage
1st:  Clinton Bradt
2nd:  Canon Reece
3rd:  Lily Fox & Abi Berlet (tie)


North Routt Community Charter
1st:  McKinley Muhlbauer
2nd:  Ezra Tebbenkamp
3rd:  Lila Thomasson 


Soda Creek Elementary
1st:  Eric Casey
2nd:  Liam Baxter
3rd:  Eliza Bodden 


Strawberry Park Elementary
1st:  Sarah Heineke
2nd:  Marie Santiago & Amanda Walker (tie)
3rd:  Colin Kagan & Logan Spiegel (tie)


Lowell Whiteman Primary
1st:  Marjorie Hellyer
2nd:  Tinsley Wilkinson
3rd:  Thomas Faunce 


South Routt Elementary
1st:  Grace Olinger
2nd:  Kylee Coleman
3rd:  Veda Marshal 

All winning entries from the Steamboat contest will be entered into the National Ski Areas Association’s national safety poster contest. Winners will be selected in two categories, including best overall safety message, and most creative design. Selection will be based on the poster’s connection to safety, visual impact and originality. National winning posters will be featured in the June/July 2011 issue of the NSAA Journal and possibly other major ski publications.


Contest winners have gone on to receive national recognition several times. Alice Holmquist, Soda Creek Elementary, took top honors in The National Ski Areas Association National Kid's Safety Poster Contest in May 2007. Holmquist was the third Steamboat Springs student to win the contest, joining Devin Wilkinson (2004) and Daniel Bockelman (2001).

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