Commissioner Thomas G. Gatzunis of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Co-Chairmen of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, State Representative Michael A. Costello and State Senator Jarrett T. Barrios, honored 17 students as the winners of the 2007 DPS Amusement Safety Poster Contest at a ceremony held at the State House on June 20, 2007. The students, who attended grades 1-6 in communities throughout the Commonwealth during the 2006-2007 school year, were recognized for their outstanding contest submissions that emphasize amusement park and carnival safety.

"The contest was designed to prompt discussions about safety among families as summer outings take place to amusement parks and carnivals," said DPS Commissioner Thomas Gatzunis. "It is important to be safe while having fun. These posters are excellent reminders that riders and operators need to partner and keep safety in mind before, during, and after the ride."

"This is a great way to get kids thinking about safety at an early age," said Rep. Costello. "I thank the commissioner for sponsoring the event and I enjoyed meeting the winners and seeing their winning designs," he added.

During the ceremony, Commissioner Gatzunis presented the students with United States Savings Bonds. In addition, select submissions from the winning posters will be included in the 2008 DPS Amusement Safety Calendar. Also in attendance were the students' families, as well as legislators that represent the students' communities who presented the students with citations from the General Court.

Massachusetts is recognized as the national leader in amusement ride safety. The DPS oversees and regulates amusement devices throughout the state; licenses owners; and inspects and grants permits for individual devices in amusement parks, carnivals and go-kart facilities, as well as large and small inflatables rented frequently for town fairs and private parties. During 2006, DPS issued 124 licenses and inspected 3,368 individual devices.

Below, please find a list of the names, hometowns, and schools of the students that submitted winning entries:

Place

Applicant

City/Town

School

1

Brite Chuang

Canton

Dean S. Luce Elementary School

Group 1 Winners - (Grade 1-2)

Place

Applicant

City/Town

School

1

Constantine G. Razis

Newton

Franklin School

2

Jordan L. Shea

Halifax

Community Christian Academy - Home School

3

James M. Shea

Halifax

Community Christian Academy - Home School

4

Tanner DeMaggio

Hanson

South Shore Charter Public School

5

Robert Proude

Holbrook

South Shore Charter Public School

Group 2 Winners - (Grade 3-4)

Place

Applicant

City/Town

School

1

Sullivan H. Quaile

Hingham

W.L. Foster Elementary School

2

Alanna Stevens - Gregory LeMasurier

Dracut

Brookside Elementary School

3

Trey C. Allen

Southbridge

West Street School

4

Hanna Caisse

Westminister

Westminister Elementary School

5

Michael D. Razis

Newton

Franklin School

Group 3 Winners - (Grade 5-6)

Place

Applicant

City/Town

School

1

Katherine Zavez

Winchester

McCall Middle School

2

Catherine Etienne

Hyannis

Barnstable Horace Mann Charter School

3

Felicia D. Lee

Canton

Lt. Peter M. Hansen School

4

Serra Kim

Chestnut Hill

Edith C. Baker

5

Maya M. Ambady

Winchester

McCall Middle School