Reading student wins Crime Alert Berks County poster contest

More than 2,300 4th, 5th grade students participated in 9th annual contest

READING, Pa. - A Reading student has drawn on his talents to illustrate the benefits of law enforcement officers on the community they serve.

Elijah Esther, an 11-year-old fifth grader at 10th and Penn Elementary School, won first-place honors in Crime Alert Berks County's ninth annual poster contest.

The theme of this year's contest was "Doing Good in the Neighborhood," with the goal of showing how officers make the community a better place.

Esther's prize-winning poster depicted a police officer in the foreground of a variety of incidents. His poster will be displayed on billboards throughout Berks County.

Lauren Epting, a 10-year-old fourth grader at Brecknock Elementary School in the Governor Mifflin School District, won the second-place prize for her illustration of a police officer placing a bank robbery suspect inside his cruiser as the officer's K9 partner provided backup.

The third-place prize went to Diana Adame, an 11-year-old fifth grader at Riverside Elementary School in Reading. Her poster featured Mr. Potato Head-inspired images of a police officer and a bank robbery suspect.

The three winning students were among more than 2,300 fourth and fifth graders throughout Berks County who participated in this year's contest.

"Their efforts are just amazing," said Barry Rohrbach, Crime Alert Berks County president, in praising the work of all the contestants and noting the talents of the three winners.

The winning students will receive their awards at Crime Alert's annual "Race Against Crime," which will be held at Slick Willy's Karts & Eats in Wyomissing on May 18.

The poster contest was organized by Chris Nein, a Crime Alert vice president, and Alan Kline, who is on staff at Reese Integrated Marketing.

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