Each year, Nebraska fourth-grade students put their creativity to the test during a poster competition on severe weather.
This year, a Hartington youth, Brynn Wortmann, 10, won first place. Brynn attends Holy Trinity School in Hartington. Her poster emphasized lightning safety.
Jerome Silva, 9, won second place with his poster about the need for emergency preparedness kits and a better understanding of tornado warnings and watches. Jerome attends St. Paul (Neb.) Elementary School.
Cleopatra Thomas, 10, of Creighton won third place with a poster detailing what should go in a car's emergency kit in advance of a blizzard. Cleopatra attends St. Ludger Elementary.
In fourth place was Izak Spann, 9, of Wymore. His poster outlined tornado safety tips. Izak attends Southern Elementary School.
The contest is sponsored by the Nebraska Association of Emergency Managers, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service.
The winners were recognized Wednesday at an awards ceremony headlined by Gov. Dave Heineman.
Source: Nebraska Emergency Management Agency