The American Lung Association in Iowa Announces the Winners from the Iowa Radon Poster Contest

(February 11, 2013)


Amanda Brown from Boone Sacred Heart School in Boone took 1st place in this year’s statewide radon poster contest. More than 400 students across Iowa participated in the contest to raise awareness of the health risks associated with radon gas.  The top three submissions were sent to the national contest sponsored by the National Radon Program Services in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

Brown’s poster, ‘Test Your Home for Radon’, was creative, artfully drawn and had an inspiring message to encourage home radon testing,” explains Micki Sandquist, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Iowa and host of the event. “We’re proud to have her poster represent Iowa in the national contest where Amanda received honorable mention.”

Long-term exposure to radon, a colorless, odorless, tasteless and radioactive gas, is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US.  Exposure to radon is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. The average indoor radon concentrations of 8.5 pCi/L, Iowa homes have levels over twice the USEPA’s suggested action level, and more than six times the national average.

The only way to know if radon is in your home is to test for it,” explains Iowa’s First Lady, Chris Branstad and judge during the competition. “Radon occurs naturally in the soil and an easy-to-obtain test kit can let you know whether the levels in your home are safe.”

Additional winners of the Iowa Radon Poster Contest:

  • Second Place: Caitlyn Owen, Forest City Middle School, Forest City
  • Third Place:  Melissa Wiechman, Villisca Community School, Villisca
  • Fourth Place: Madi Desher, Sacred Heart School, Boone
  • Fifth Place: Hope Saroka, Midland Elementary, Oxford Junction

For more information on radon, radon testing and mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction, call the Iowa Radon Hotline at 1.800.383.5992 or visit our website at