, Salem, MA

September 9, 2013

Students win poster contest


---- — DANVERS — For the first time, Danvers students entered an insurance-industry sponsored Arson Watch Reward Program poster contest designed to make students and families aware of the dangers that cause fire.

Their entries apparently caught fire with the judges.

Holten Richmond Middle School eighth-grader Jordan Henderson’s poster won first place in Essex County, and Ethan McGrath, a seventh-grader at the same school, had his entry come in second in the county.

The two students and their art teacher, Siobhan McDonald, were honored at a selectmen’s meeting Sept. 3.

McGrath’s poster shows a man cooking at a campfire with the message of, “Watch over your fires!!” Henderson’s colorful poster provides fire prevention tips set among a series of triangles.

All first- and second-place county winners’ posters will be on display in Doric Hall in the Statehouse during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7 to 11, according to the Arson Watch Reward Program’s website.

The poster contest is sponsored by the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association on behalf of the property and casualty insurance companies of Massachusetts. The program provides rewards to those who provide information to law enforcement on arson crimes, with the information either leading to an arrest or heading off such a fire.

Fire Chief Kevin Farrell said this was the first year Danvers entered the contest, and it was all done under the direction of McDonald.

“She found (the contest) herself, and we didn’t actually catch wind of it until after she won,” Farrell said.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.