Way to Go! Nanami Horie, Port Washington
June 27, 2016 1:00 PM
By Michael R. Ebert firstname.lastname@example.org
Nanami Horie, a fifth-grader at Guggenheim Elementary School, was the New York State winner of the Shade Foundation of America's 2016 Poster Contest.
Nanami Horie, a fifthgrader at Guggenheim Elementary School, was New York State winner in the Shade Foundation of America’s 2016 Poster Contest. The competition, open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade, asked entrants to submit handdrawn posters that showed at least five sun safety tips. Nanami’s poster, with the slogan “Be Sun Wise,” was a color drawing of young girls taking steps to guard against melanoma, including wearing sunscreen and protective clothing, using umbrellas at the beach and getting vitamin D by eating fish.
She received a Shade Foundation backpack, a sun safety kit and an award certificate in recognition of her creativity in spreading awareness and valuable tips for skin protection.
Shade Foundation chairman James Norton noted that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with one in five Americans getting the disease. “We can teach children to protect themselves from ultraviolet radiation at a young age, decreasing their chance of developing skin cancer later in life,” he said.
Nanami was encouraged to participate in the contest by her fifthgrade teacher, Natalie Miller. Six other students from Miller’s class earned UV wristbands for their participation.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Shade Foundation has announced that Alexia, a fourth grade student at the Fairfield Magnet School for Math & Science in Winnsboro, South Carolina, is the national winner of this year’s Shade Foundation Sun Safety Poster Contest.
Now in its thirteenth year, the annual Sun Safety Poster Contest invited students nationwide to create original artwork that depicts the steps people should take to protect themselves from damaging U/V rays that can cause skin cancer, including avoiding tanning beds, using SPF 30+ sunscreen and wearing protective clothing. Students learn about these steps as part of their curriculum. Posters are judged on their sun safety educational value, in addition to creativity, originality, and overall quality of the artwork.
“Since we started this poster contest more than a decade ago, more than 167,000 students across the country have submitted posters and learned about sun safety in the process,” said James Norton, chair of the Shade Foundation Board of Directors. “We are thankful to the students and teachers across the country who participated in this year’s contest and helped us educate children about the importance of sun safety.
We also extend our sincere congratulations to Alexia, this year’s winner, for her terrific poster design.” As part of her prize, Alexia traveled to Washington, D.C. with her family and her teacher, Mrs. Kimi Daly. She was the guest of honor at a reception to be held by the Shade Foundation on Tuesday, Wednesday, May 24 at 5:30 pm at the National Association of Realtors, 500 New Jersey Avenue, NW in Washington, DC. Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) was among the special guests at the reception. Alexia and her family also toured the U.S. Capitol and met with U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC).