Release date: March 15, 2011
Release number: 11-170

Release Details

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing the winners of its first-ever poster contest for middle school students on carbon monoxide (CO) safety. Trachell from Hawaii was awarded the grand prize; Finalists from California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Finalists include:

6th grade: Kenya from California
DJ from Pennsylvania
Skyler from Missouri
7th grade: Shravani from New Hampshire
Matthew from New York
Zacchaeus from North Carolina
8th grade:Trachell from Hawaii (Grand prize winner)
Ivie from Virginia
Gina from Massachusetts

"Congratulations to all the winners of CPSC's carbon monoxide poster contest," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "We heard from middle school teachers that their students not only had fun creating the posters but also learned about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Our staff had a real challenge choosing the winners because there were so many terrific entries."

CPSC received nearly 450 entries from 6th, 7th and 8th grade students across the nation. The contest is intended to raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide in the home. CPSC estimates there were 184 unintentional non-fire CO poisoning deaths associated with consumer products each year from 2005 to 2007.

CPSC staff evaluated poster entries based on the CO safety message, visual appeal and design originality. The three finalists selected from each grade level, 6, 7 and 8th, will each receive $250. One grand prize winner was selected from the nine finalists. That person receives an additional $500.

Watch this video to see the winning posters. Download CPSC's Neighborhood Safety Network poster (pdf) featuring the winning submission. Visit to see all the submissions. CPSC's carbon monoxide poster contest was hosted on, the federal government's website that uses prizes and challenges to promote innovation.

8th Grader from Hawaii Wins Grand Prize in CPSC's Carbon Monoxide Poster Contest

Grand Prize Winning Poster: Designed by 8th grader Trachell from Hawaii

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