SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah student is the first-place winner of the 2014 National Radon Poster Contest, the Utah Division of Radiation Control has announced.

Maison Williams, 14, competed at-large as part of the national poster contest, sponsored by Kansas State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Maison, an eighth-grader at Centennial Middle School in Provo, was one of thousands of students nationwide who submitted creative artwork depicting the harmful dangers of radon gas. The annual poster contest aims to raise radon awareness and encourage radon testing in every home.

Maison's poster, titled “Radon,” highlights lung cancer as a risk of radon poisoning.

Other Utah students honored at the national level include: special mention, Mckenna Bate, 13, Diamond Fork Junior High in Spanish Fork, “Radon Statistics: 1 Out of 15 Homes”; and runner-up Candace Brown, 14, also of Centennial Middle School, “Is Radon in Your Future?”

Maison will receive an award plaque and gift card of $1,000. Other national winners will also receive an award plaque and gift cards of $400. National winners’ posters will be reproduced and distributed nationwide to promote radon awareness and can be viewed online at

All Utah winners, both state and national, will be recognized by Gov. Gary Herbert at a ceremony in early 2014. Winning posters can be viewed online at