California Department of Transportation

2014 Highway Safety Poster Contest Winners

Each year, Caltrans holds its annual Highway Safety poster contest. The contest is open to children and grandchildren of Caltrans employees, and it gives the children an opportunity to express their messages about the importance of driving safely in or near highway work zones, where their loved ones work in danger. It also allows them to be part of Caltrans’ educational outreach and life-saving message.

The contest was open to children 17 years old or younger, and judges selected posters based on creativity, how well the poster conveyed the highway safety theme, and the use of color.

The winning posters appeared in the Annual Workers Memorial program and were on display at the ceremony.  Although the posters differ greatly in appearance, they all convey one of these important messages, "Slow for the Cone Zone" or "Move Over."

Grand Prize Winner:
Ashley Cho

Ashley Cho is an energetic 17 year old who likes to help others. Ashley enjoys playing golf, and she won first place in her 2013 league tournament. Art is one of her favorite classes at Capital Christian High School, and she wants to pursue business art in college. One day, as her father Sungro Cho, a Headquarters transportation engineer, drove her to school, Ashley witnessed a horrific crash. When she started her art piece, the image of the crash and the emotions she felt came flooding back. Ashley’s message to motorists is “drive safely; your carelessness can cost an innocent person’s life.”

14 to 17 year olds:
Tiffany Cheng

Tiffany Cheng is 17-year-old senior at Washington High School in San Francisco. She enjoys being with her friends and family and trying new things. Her hobbies include listening to music, drawing, making ceramics, and baking cookies. Her mother, District 4 senior transportation engineer Arlissa Pang, says, “She loves traveling by car to visit different places throughout California.” Tiffany would like to remind everyone to “Slow for the Cone Zone and Move Over for all emergency response vehicles, including Caltrans, because it’s the law! Everyone needs to pay attention and do his or her part.”

11 to 13 year olds:
Kayla Ung

Kayla Ung is a 12-year-old 7th grader at Toby Johnson Middle School. She loves drafting, crafting, Mamegoma, and creating miniature clay sculptures. She also enjoys drawing, especially anime characters. Her father, Edmund Ung, is a senior electronics engineer. Kayla wants drivers to be alert for activities in construction zones so her dad and all other moms and dads are safe while working in the cone zone.

7 to 10 year olds:
Jackson Ruckman

Jackson Ruckman is an adventurous 10 year old who attends Two Rivers Elementary School. His father is senior bridge engineer Tom Ruckman in the Engineering Services Division. Jackson loves to travel, and he has visited more than 16 countries. His favorite things are food, sports, his family, and his cat Jose, who is part leopard. He loves baseball, basketball, drawing, and Kung Fu. Jackson says, “Slowing down for the cone zone keeps people safe. We don’t want anyone dying or getting hurt while workers are making our bridges better.”

6 years old and under:
Kayla Anabella Palmer

Kayla Anabella Palmer is the daughter of Stephen Palmer Jr., District 11 maintenance leadworker, and the granddaughter of Stephen Palmer Sr., a landscape maintenance worker who lost his life on the job in 2011. Kayla is a kindergartener at Greg Rogers Elementary School. She loves playing with her dolls, drawing, riding her bike and scooter, going to the park, and playing soccer. This message is important to her because she doesn’t want her daddy and his friends to get hurt at work.

Honorable Mentions

Alishba Tareque, 5 years old
Caltrans Relatives: Akm Tareque, Senior Transportation Engineer and Zebunnesa Tareque, Transportation Engineer, District 7.

Bella Hobbs, 9 years old
Caltrans Relative, Bryon Hobbs, Highway Maintenance Worker, District 3

Grace Lee, 13 years old
Caltrans Relatives, Kunjian Li, Bridge Architect Associate and Victoria Wei Zhang Structure Design Technician II

Selby Boerman, 16 years old
Caltrans Relative: Stephen Boerman, Caltrans Equipment Operator, District 2