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St. Charles girl takes 2nd place in nationwide art contest

ST. CHARLES – The artwork of an 11-year-old St. Charles girl will be seen by thousands, thanks to a nationwide poster contest.

Hanne Livermore won second place in the 9-11 age group category in Sodexo's 2014 North American Safety Poster Contest. The contest was open to all employees and clients of the food service company, which contracts with St. Charles School District 303. Winners were announced this month, which is National Safety Month.

As part of finishing in the top three of her age group, Livermore's poster will be featured in Sodexo's FY14 Safety Calendar. There were 118 entries overall in the contest, which also included 6-8, 12-14 and 15-17 age groups.

"It's an honor," she said. "I feel very proud of myself."

Entries were required to illustrate safe practices and behaviors. Livermore's poster is a split image depicting a girl riding her bike with a helmet on the left side and the same girl in the doctor's office under the phrase "Wear your helmet when ... riding your bike!"

Livermore's parents always tell her to wear a helmet when she rides her bike, so she decided to make that the theme of her poster. Livermore also was a member of the safety patrol at Bell Graham Elementary School, where she just completed the fifth grade.

Bell Graham Principal Patti Palagi said Livermore is a great child and the school staff is happy she was selected.

Livermore said she's been drawing ever since she could hold a crayon.

"It's something that makes me relax. ... It makes me happy," she said.

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