Houghtlen submitted her poster on tornado safety during her fifth grade year at Main Street Intermediate School, with the message “If a tornado is around, get low to the ground.”
This year, Houghtlen and 33 other students from 18 Ohio counties were honored as regional winners by the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness after they designed posters that promoted safety.
Since 1978, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness has conducted the annual poster contest. Since its inception, students have designed informative posters on severe weather safety and preparedness. The efforts of these students have helped the committee meet its overall goal — to educate Ohioans about the actions they can take to protect themselves and others before, during and after severe weather occurs.
The winners represented the first through sixth grades from 20 schools. As regional winners, every student artist received a certificate from the National Weather Service and backpacks full of prizes from the offices and their partners that make up the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness.
Addisyn Spencer, a second-grader in Cuyahoga County during the 2017-2018 school year, was recognized as the overall state winner with her poster on flood safety illustrating two people in a lifeboat with the message: “Flood safety — If you’re in distress, wear a life vest! SOS!” In an effort to promote severe weather preparedness, the committee will feature Spencer’s poster throughout the year, however, all of the posters, including Houghtlen’s
All posters are able to be viewed on the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness website: www.weathersafety.ohio.gov.