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Three students win county chemical safety poster contest

March 24, 2004

Three fourth-grade students won the top prizes in the annual Washington County Home Chemical Safety poster contest.

The first-, second- and third-place winners and several semi-finalists received medals and other prizes from the Local Emergency Planning Committee at Tuesday's County Commissioners meeting.

The contest required students to submit posters illustrating chemical safety tips.

The Home Chemical Safety Program is taught to fourth-grade students throughout Washington County.

About 2,000 students have been educated in home chemical safety in the four years the program has been offered, according to a statement.

Jessica Ambrose, from Clear Spring Elementary School, won first place. She received a gold medal, a $100 gift certificate from Circuit City and a $100 savings bond.

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The second-place winner was Lynsey Miller from Boonsboro Elementary School. Lynsey received a gold medal, a $50 gift certificate from Toys R Us and a $50 savings bond.

Taylor Rockwell, from Paramount Elementary School, won third place. She received a gold medal, a $50 gift certificate from Toys R Us and a $50 savings bond.

The top three winners also received backpacks, bearing the Local Emergency Planning Committee logo, filled with gifts.

A pizza party will be thrown for fourth-graders at the schools attended by the top three winners.

Washington County Special Operations treated all finalists to lunch at McDonald's Tuesday.

In conjunction with the awards ceremony, Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner and Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell proclaimed this week as Home Chemical Safety Week in Hagerstown and Washington County.

"It's official. The city and county agree on something," Wivell joked.

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