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Iowa Radon Poster and Video Contest Winners

American Lung Association, Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Schools take action to raise awareness about radon, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers

(April 23, 2019) - DES MOINES, Iowa

For more information please contact:

Jill Thompson
[email protected]

The American Lung Association and Iowa Department of Public health are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 IA Radon Poster and Video Contest. The contest is held each year in Iowa to raise awareness of radon gas, the second-leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas formed by the breakdown of uranium in the soil. Radon gas is found in five out of seven homes in Iowa and may enter a home through cracks and other openings in the home and can build up to dangerous levels. Radon is only detectable by performing a home test.

"Radon causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. There is an urgent need to raise awareness of the simple steps that can be taken to reduce radon exposure," said Micki Sandquist, executive director of the Lung Association in Iowa. "The Lung Association is proud of the students and schools that helped raise awareness through the 2019 IA Radon Poster and Video Contest.”

For more information on the poster and video contest please contact your state radon program. Children ages 9-14 were eligible to participate in the poster contest and high school students were eligible to participate in the video contest to promote radon awareness.

The 2019 poster winners and their prizes include:
1st place – Emily Benitz, Clear Lake Middle School $300
2nd place – Rowan O’Keefe, Clear Lake Middle School $200
3rd place –Skye Shaikoski, Clear Lake Middle School $150
4th place – Olivia Fausnaugh, Clear Lake Middle School $100
5th place –Natalie Lobeck, Tripoli Middle School $50
Most submissions-Sumner Fredericksburg Middle School $200

The 2019 video winner and their prize include:
1st place – Emmetsburg High School, “The Silent Killer” ($600 to winning student group)
2nd place – Cedar Falls High School, “Radon” ($500 to winning student group)
3rd place – Cedar Falls High School, “The Silent Killer” ($400 to winning student group)

The American Lung Association and the Iowa Department of Public Health congratulate all the students who participated from all over the state. The 1st place poster and video winners will go on to be judged at the national level.

For questions about radon, visit or contact the Iowa Radon Hotline at 1-800-383-5992. For media interested in speaking with an expert about radon or lung cancer, contact the Jill Thompson at [email protected].


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