Students apply creativity to raise awareness about radon

April 26, 2023
IDHW Communications

Students across the Northwest were encouraged to get creative and help raise awareness about the dangers of radon gas by participating in the 2023 Northwest Radon Poster Contest.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can build up in our homes. Both old and new housing can have radon gas.

Testing is the only way to know if your home has radon because the gas is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Long-term radon exposure is the number one cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer in smokers. 

Youth between the ages of 9 and 14 living in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington were eligible to participate in the poster contest, which ran through the winter months, and winners were recently announced. To view contest winners, visit

Regional winner (Idaho, Oregon, and Washington)

Overall winner: $300 - Finnegan Grose, 5th grade from Wallace and Pricilla Stevenson Intermediate School, Washington

Idaho winners

1st place: $100 - Cora LaMunyon, 5th grade, Mary McPherson Elementary

2nd place: $75 - Layla Williams, 6th grade, Kamiah Middle School

3rd place: $50 - Leander Glock, 4th grade, Discovery Elementary School

The overall regional winner will be entered into the National Radon Poster Contest in the fall, sponsored by The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD).

The Northwest Radon Poster Contest was sponsored by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Nez Perce Tribe, Oregon Radon Awareness Program, Spokane Tribe of Indians, and Washington Department of Health - Radon Program in collaboration with the Northwest Radon Coalition and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is dedicated to strengthening the health, safety, and independence of Idahoans. Learn more at 


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