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Norris student wins fire-safety poster contest

A Norris Elementary School fifth-grader was honored at a luncheon in Atlanta last Thursday. Kiersten Hamilton won the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner and the Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association's statewide Fire Safety Tips Calendar Poster contest.

Kiersten was one of only 13 students selected statewide to have their drawing featured in the 2011 Georgia Fire Safety Tips Calendar. Her picture will be featured for the month of January on the calendar.

"I'm so happy and so proud of her," said Lakesha Hamilton, Kiersten's mother. "But she said she couldn't be proud of herself because she wanted every body to win and not just her."

Kiersten appeared to warm up to the idea of being a winner after she attended the luncheon for all 13 winners at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot. Kiersten said the children dined on chicken fingers with honey mustard sauce, "really long green beans" and macaroni and cheese.

The adults were served roasted chicken, side dishes and salad.

"I found out today that I love spinach," Ms. Hamilton said. "I never knew that before."

In addition to lunch and a tour of the state capitol, Kiersten received a book bag full of goodies like art supplies, stuffed animals and a frisbee.

Because the calendar's theme for the month of January is space heaters, Kiersten drew a space heater on the floor too close to a window. Flames are coming out of the heater and onto the curtains. The rest of the room features furniture, plants and a flat screen TV on the wall with Kiersten's name across the bottom of it like a brand name.

Kiersten said figuring out the color scheme was the biggest challenge of her colored-pencil masterpiece.

"She's a great student and a great artist," art teacher Donna McNeely said. "She actually had drawn it on just regular paper, and then had to redraw it on 11x14 poasterboard. It's unreal how talented she is. We've never had someone (from NES) make it on the calendar before."

Kiersten is a student in Angela Oubre's class at Norris Elementary, and she is the granddaughter of Gertrude Hamilton.

Web posted on Thursday, November 04, 2010

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