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Governor Bullock honors students for Online Safety Contest

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Categories: Department of Administration, Governor's Office/Tags:

On Wednesday, March 20, Governor Steve Bullock joined the Department of Administration Director John Lewis for an award ceremony honoring Montana students who competed in the inaugural Montana Kids Safe Online poster contest.

The state-wide contest encouraged kids across Montana to use the internet safely and securely. Students from East Helena, Radley Elementary and Chief Charlo Elementary were selected as finalists and invited to the Capitol to attend a special ceremony.

“As parents we think about the dangers of our children using the Internet and we do our best to monitor their screen time, social media, and online behavior, Governor Bullock said. The Kids Safe Online poster contest is an opportunity for parents and children to engage in cybersecurity and create a safe and secure world, online and in real life, for Montana’s kids.”

The inaugural statewide contest was conducted in partnership with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) National Kids Safe Online Poster Contest. It was open to Montana students in kindergarten through grade 12. Students created posters based on a selection of topics, including cyber security, cyber bullying, cyber ethics, malicious code, social networking, and mobile devices.

“The ‘Kids Safe Online’ poster contest was a fantastic opportunity for young people to share online safety awareness with their peers,” said Tim Bottenfield, Montana’s State Chief Information Officer, “reviewing all of the posters submitted by students across the State was a lot of fun and we are already looking forward to next year’s 2nd Annual Montana Kids Safe Online poster contest,” added Bottenfield. 

The Montana Information Security Advisory Council (MT-ISAC) picked the thirteen winning posters that will be featured in the 2019 Montana Kids Safe Online calendar and were submitted to MS-ISAC to be entered in the national poster contest.


Governor Bullock chose the top four posters which will be featured in cybersecurity awareness and computer safety campaigns around the State, the Governor also selected the overall winning poster. The winning poster, created by Hayden Hartzell from Radley Elementary school in East Helena, will be featured on the cover of the calendar.


The full list of winners is as follows:


Overall winner:

  • Hayden Hartzell, Grade 5, Radley Elementary (East Helena)

Top 4:

  • Sarah Messler, Grade 4, Radley Elementary (East Helena)
  • Ashy Williamn, Grade 5, Radley Elementary (East Helena)
  • Savannah Boyll, Grade 5, Chief Charlo Elementary (Missoula)

Top 13:

  • Roan Smith, Grade 4, Radley Elementary (East Helena)
  • Elliot Ophus, Grade 5, Radley Elementary (East Helena)
  • Lacey Brewer, Grade 3, Radley Elementary (East Helena)
  • Rayna Gagnon, Grade 3, Radley Elementary (East Helena)
  • Brookelynn Bray, Grade 3, Radley Elementary (East Helena)
  • Quincy Peterson, Grade 4, Chief Charlo Elementary (Missoula)
  • Aaron Dalbey, Grade 4, Chief Charlo Elementary (Missoula)
  • Bryce & Ian, Grade 11, Manhattan High School (Manhattan)

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