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Adams Student Takes Top Poster PrizeBy Susan Bush
12:00AM / Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Adams – Nellie McLear’s “Hunt for Home Hazards” poster contest entry captured a $200 first place award and will be entered in a state-wide first-place winner competition luncheon scheduled for June 6 at the Sheraton Framingham in Framingham, Mass..
Nellie and her parents William and Lynn McLear plan to travel to Framingham for the event, Nellie said during an April 27 interview.
“We’re pretty excited about it,” the 14-year-old Adams Memorial Middle School eighth-grade student said.
The poster contest was open to middle school students throughout Berkshire County and was part of an Arson Watch Reward initiative sponsored by the Property and Casualty Insurance Companies of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association. North Adams firefighter David Simon served as the Northern Berkshire contest coordinator. Students at the Clarksburg Elementary School and the Gabriel Abbott Memorial School in Florida participated in the contest.
Nellie’s poster illustrated a host of home hazards.
“I drew all kinds of home hazards, like electric sockets and bathtubs,” she said.
Nellie is a pupil of Life Skills teacher Terry Vivori. Vivori delivered the news of the win.
“I was real happy,” Nellie said.
“She’s a very good student and we are proud of her,” Vivori said.
The poster that captures top honors at the state competition may be featured as a State Fire Marshall’s Annual Report cover and also earn a place on a 2006 fire safety calendar, according to information provided by Simon.
The Northern Berkshires were also represented at the second-place level. Angela Liporace, a seventh-grade Clarksburg Elementary School student, won a $100 second place award for her poster. She described the poster theme during an April 26 interview.
“My poster was about the importance of having a smoke detector in the house,” Angela said. “You never know when you are going to need it.”
Angela said she was “really happy” when school art teacher Julianne Jock told her that her artistic efforts had earned an award.
Both girls downplayed their talents. “I like to draw and I draw sometimes but I don’t really think I’m an artist,” said Angela.
“I like drawing, but I’m not really a good artist,” said Nellie.
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