Smokey coloring contest awards

awileman@sierrastar.comAugust 20, 2013 

Participants in this years Smokey Bear coloring contest got to meet and greet with Smokey at the awards ceremony held Thursday Aug. 15 at the Sierra Tel building on Sierra Road.

The ceremony included drinks, cake and prizes for the top winners of each division. The contest hosted more than 40 children, from Mariposa and Oakhurst, who used their best artistic abilities to color in a pre-sketched picture of Smokey Bear in the forest.

The children and their parents were joined by fireman from all over the Mountain Area and Sierra Tel Marketing Coordinator Rima Runtzel says the contest inspires children to access their creative side while learning fire safety.

Although Smokey was limited in his speech, Cal Fire Public Information Officer Karen Guilleman reminded children and the community how important it is to be aware of the hazards of forest fires.

"We help create awareness and educate children on fire safety issues, especially through the summer months," Runtzel said.

After awards were handed out children and their parents enjoyed cake and time to socialize with each other. The contest, which happens every year, had a large turnout and Runtzel hopes it will continue to grow.

Runtzel says Sierra Tel and Cal Fire has hosted the event since 1992 and look forward to continuing the tradition every year.

The winners of each division were:

Oakhurst 4-6

1st Jubilee Becker, 5

2nd Ivy Popowski, 6

3rd Lilly Shaw, 6

4th Keira Lassen, 6

Oakhurst 7-9

1st Allison Seiling, 9

2nd Teagan Niewohner, 7

3rd Pria Popowski, 8

4th Princess Amy Shaw, 8

Oakhurst 10-12

1st Keylee Andersen, 11

2nd Julia Telian, 10

3rd Elley Anna Shaw, 10

4th Justus Shaw,12

Mariposa 4-6

1st Lonnie Cogdell, 6

2nd Cali Delgrego, 6

3rd Shylah Jostin, 4

4th Mikayla Seymour, 4

Mariposa 7-9

1st Elona Brocchini, 8

2nd Troy Burgoyne, 9

3rd Megan Harris, 8

Mariposa 10-12

1st Acacia Partida, 10

2nd Emilee Cordero, 10

3rd Pavel Breish, 11

4th Gavin Wolk, 10

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