6th Grader Wins Statewide Poster Contest

A Youngstown 6th grader stood out among thousands in an art contest bringing awareness to skin cancer.

Anson Hankey, 12, a 6th grader at St. Christine School in Youngstown was one of 60 students in the school that entered the Shade Foundation Sun Wise with Shade Poster Contest.

School nurse Suzie Cavalier decided to get the students involved in the contest to help educate them about skin cancer, the leading cause of cancer in the world.

“Fifeteen minutes in the sun, and they can get burned and that, really over time, can cause so much damage, not only to your skin but to your eyes,” said Cavalier. “It compromises your immune system.”

Hankey’s poster was chosen out of 40,000 students in grades 4 through 8 across the state.

“It feels good because I know I’m helping people and also get to use my talents to do that,” said Hankey. “I’d like to congratulate all the people who did enter, and they did a good job.”

If Hankey wins the national contest, he gets a family trip to Walt Disney World, and the school will get a Shade Structure for the playground, valued at $12,000. For more information on the poster contest and to view Hankey’s submission, click here.

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