Grand Prize winning entry by Milena Thies, age 10.
Milena Thies, 10, daughter of Paul Thies, electrician, Brainerd, Minn., was honored as the Grand Prize winner for this year’s BNSF Railway Safety Drawing Contest and was rewarded with a $100 gift card. Other winners in each age category received $50 gift cards.
The competition was strong. After much deliberation, one top entry was selected for each of the five different age groups. Employees then voted for the grand prize winner from among the age category winners.
"We are always impressed with the artistic talent we see with this contest. This year we even saw that talent runs in the family, as the grand prize winner and one of the age group winners are siblings,” said Ryan Ringelman, general director, System Safety. “Seeing what these children create really illustrates the true pride our families have for safety at BNSF, and confirms that the tools we use and skills we practice at work are also being modeled at home.”
Many thanks to the talented children who participated in this year's Safety Drawing Contest, with the theme "What can we do to keep each other safe?" The artwork demonstrated the kids' artistic skills and their commitment to safety. Sponsored by the Safety Department, the contest was open to the children, grandchildren or other dependents of BNSF employees and retirees.
Age Category Winners:
Ages 4-5: Kinsley Knutstrom, 5, daughter of Jared Knutstrom, division trainmaster, Creston, Iowa
Ages 6-8: Katie Prescott, 7, daughter of William Prescott, locomotive engineer, Mandan, N.D.
Ages 9-11: Elliot Thies, 11, son of Paul Thies, electrician, Brainerd, Minn.
Ages 12-14: Zoe Williams, 13, daughter of Christy Williams, manager, Compensation, Fort Worth
Ages 15-17: Jonas Marie Baker, 16, daughter of Lillian Baker, clerk, Suburban Services, Chicago
All entrants who were not selected as one of this year’s winners received a $10 gift card for their participation. Entrants who were 3 and younger received a participation prize.