Drumroll please...announcing the winners of our campus fire safety contest

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Oct 28, 2015

NFPA, The Center for Campus Fire Safety (The Center) and Campus Fire Safety for Students recently held a contest for college students to teach them about fire safety. Now, we want to announce the three winners who were chosen from the more than 100 students who participated from 31 schools nationwide!

DominosTo participate, students watched a one-minute campus fire safety video and entered their name and school information into a sweepstakes where two winners were randomly selected to win a Domino’s-sponsored pizza party for 50 of their friends. The winners are:

  1. Jake Akstins, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
  2. José Luis Garcia Cintora, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

Students were also encouraged to enter the second-tier of the contest to win an iPad mini 4 by submitting a 200-word paragraph about the steps they will take to help keep themselves and their peers safer from fire on campus. One winner was chosen based on the clarity and thoughtfulness of the written statement, as well as the creativity in the development of the fire safety idea. The winner is:

  1. Asante Knowles, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee. Read Knowles’ winning essay.

The two-tiered contest, which ran September 1 – 25 in conjunction with Campus Fire Safety Month, targeted students currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning and was created to help raise awareness of campus fires and encourage students to put safety first. Most college students, many living on their own for the first time, don’t often think to ask or even consider the fire safety implications of their housing choices, and most states don’t require colleges to tell them. The contest encouraged students to learn about and share important fire safety messages with their friends and roommates.

For more information about the Campus Fire Safety for Students campaign, including the contest winners, please visit The Center’sstudent committee webpage or