Top finishers in the Carroll Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Week poster contest are (front, from left) third-graders Shelby Greving, Kuemper, first place; Aubrey Behrens, Kuemper, second place; and Zoe Bruning, Kuemper, third place; (middle, from left) fourth-graders Eva Tomka, Kuemper, first place; Jersey Sporrer, Adams Elementary, second place; and Ali Kock, Adams, third place; (back, from left) fifth-graders, Maddox White, Carroll Middle School, first place; Julia Craig, Kuemper, second place; Mason Bluml, Kuemper, third place.
Top finishers in the Carroll Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Week poster contest are (front, from left) third-graders Shelby Greving, Kuemper, first place; Aubrey Behrens, Kuemper, second place; and Zoe Bruning, Kuemper, third place; (middle, from left) fourth-graders Eva Tomka, Kuemper, first place; Jersey Sporrer, Adams Elementary, second place; and Ali Kock, Adams, third place; (back, from left) fifth-graders, Maddox White, Carroll Middle School, first place; Julia Craig, Kuemper, second place; Mason Bluml, Kuemper, third place.

Several third- through fifth-graders from Kuemper Catholic and Carroll Community schools got a break from their classes Thursday morning to take a ride on Carroll Fire Department firetrucks.

That was one of their rewards for finishing in the top three in their grades in the department’s annual Fire Prevention Week poster contest.

They received a ride to the fire station, where Fire Chief Greg Schreck and Firefighter Mike Bock, a Fire Prevention Week Committee member, congratulated the students and presented prizes.

More than 200 students from Kuemper Catholic and Carroll Community schools submitted posters, which were judged by Fire Prevention Week committee members. The judges looked at creativity and artistic talent in best portraying this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out.”

First-place winners received a $25 prize, and their posters advance to state contest. Second- and third-place students received $20 and $15, respectively.

In the state contest, first- through third-place winners from each grade level are chosen, and their posters are displayed at the Hall of Flame booth at the Iowa State Fair. Winners also receive cash prizes and are treated to an awards luncheon at a fire station. The sponsoring fire department of each winner also receives a cash donation to put toward their fire-prevention program.

The top three in each grade were:

Third Grade — 1, Shelby Greving, Kuemper, daughter of Frank and Michelle Greving. 2, Aubrey Behrens, Kuemper, daughter of Jeremy and Lizzy Behrens. 3, Zoe Bruning, Kuemper, daughter of Eric and Brooke Bruning.

Fourth Grade — 1, Eva Tomka, Kuemper, daughter of Michael and Angela Tomka. 2, Jersey Sporrer, Adams Elementary, daughter of Josh and Kyla Sporrer. 3, Ali Kock, Adams Elementary, daughter of Ryan and Katie Kock.

Fifth Grade — 1, Maddox White, Carroll Middle School, son of Brian and Maria White. 2, Julia Craig, Kuemper, daughter of Robert and Susan Craig. 3, Mason Bluml, Kuemper, son of Cortney Bluml and Troy Bluml.