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Hays student wins poster contest


Seven-year-old Laura Edelman, Sabetha, 10-year-old Reagan de Koning, Axtell, and 12-year-old Kallie Leiker, Hays, are the statewide winners in the 2013 Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day poster contest for all Kansas kids ages 5 to 13.

Each was first selected as a regional winner and will receive a bicycle and a helmet donated by Safe Kids Kansas at presentations at their schools. The prizes will be presented by the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Highway Patrol at the student's school.

From the regional winners, Edelman, de Koning and Leiker then were chosen as the statewide winner in their age category. They also will receive a family package from the Great Wolf Lodge water park in Kansas City, Kan., and also a $50 gas card from QuikTrip Corp.

A total of 867 kids across Kansas ages 5 to 13 took the time to think about safety and participated in the contest. Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day is a nationwide effort to increase roadway safety and reduce all traffic fatalities.

For more information and a list of all the winners across Kansas, go to www.ksdot.org and click on the poster contest information.