Hemingford student wins NE Severe Weather Awareness Poster contest

Clayton Butler's winning poster submission. Courtesy: Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
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LINCOLN, Neb. (by Release / KNEP) - A Hemingford student's design took top honors in the 2018 Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness poster contest.

Clayton Butler, 10, a fourth grader at the Box Butte County school, earned first place in the contest that included entries from more than 900 fourth graders across the state.

Butler’s poster features Blue Lightning, a super hero who teaches about safety as well as a comic strip about Opposite Cooper, a guy who doesn’t care about safety and keeps getting struck by lightning because he doesn’t follow safe practices during lightning storms. Blue Lightning says: “Safety is super, so don’t be like Cooper!”

The top four students who submitted preparedness posters in the contest were recognized at the Capitol Monday as Lt. Gov. Mike Foley proclaimed March 25-31 as Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Posters were judged on originality, effort and accuracy. The top prize is a $125 gift card, second is $100 and third $75, all provided by NAEM. NWS provides a $50 gift card for fourth place. NEMA provides certificates for all the students and the Nebraska Military Department matted the posters as a remembrance for students.

The 2018 Severe Weather Awareness Contest was sponsored by the Nebraska Association of Emergency Management (NAEM), the National Weather Service (NWS), the Nebraska Military Department and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).