For Immediate Release
July 5, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Lawrence, Stockton Students Winners in 2012 "Fight the Bite" Poster Contest

TOPEKA, Kan. –The winners have been named in the 2012 Fight the Bite Poster Contest, which is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There were 75 entries from Kansas. The 2012 Kansas fifth-grade winner is Kassidie Womack from Lawrence, and the sixth-grade winner is Kyra Horn from Stockton. Each winning artist received $50 and a certificate. Their posters will be used in educational materials nationwide to help motivate others to Fight the Bite.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) announced in February the invitation to all fifth- and sixth-graders in Kansas to participate in the 2012 Fight the Bite Poster Contest. This contest encouraged students to use art to show the ways they can protect themselves and their families from the diseases spread by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas by using avoidance behavior, proper clothing or repellent while outdoors.

“This contest provided a great opportunity for fifth- and sixth-graders to learn more about the risks associated with mosquitoes, ticks and fleas and how to protect themselves from these insects,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “Thank you to all the students who participated in the contest.”

The contest is sponsored by the CDC and the DEET Education Program. For contest rules and past winning entries, visit www.fightthebitecontest.org.