January is National Radon Awareness Month
Christina Bear is a senior at Colorado Academy in Denver. Her favorite pastimes are visiting art museums, finding the newest ramen noodle restaurants, and checking out new fashions on Pinterest. She mentors elementary school students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Working with Girl Scouts of Colorado and the Horizons Program at Colorado Academy, Christina founded a STEM introduction course for minority children. She participates in Colorado High School Mock Trial program, Spanish Language Honor Society, Colorado Math League, and American Computer Science League. For four years, she has run Varsity Cross Country for Colorado Academy and served as Co-Captain on the team in 2015. She serves on three boards including Board of Seeds of South Sudan as Student Ambassador, Colorado Academy Youth Philanthropy Board (Co-Chair), and is one of only three girls on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Membership Connection Committee, a Standing Board Committee.
The winning poster from 2008 by Christina Bear. On a cold winter day, Christina was searching on the internet. She stumbled upon the National Radon Poster Contest and decided to try her luck. After many attempts to perfect her slogan of “Keep Your Radar Out for Radon,” she finalized her piece depicting lobes of the lungs with radon-related facts and figures. Much to her surprise, her poster won first in the Colorado Radon Poster contest. Inspired by her research on the topic combined with living in Jefferson County which has unusually high levels of radon, Christina started to think about a statewide radon education initiative.
The winning poster from 2010 by Eric Bear. Inspired by his older sister, Eric decided to enter in the National Radon Poster Contest himself. After many days of thinking, he came up with "Detect to Protect" as his slogan, which encourages people to test their homes to remain safe from the dangers of radon. “Detect to Protect” is now used may many national organizations. His poster demonstrates the many ways that Radon can enter the home. This poster won 1st Place in the state of Colorado. His poster was used on the front page of the Health Physics newsletter in April 2010. http://www.co.clay.ia.us/offices/environhealth/forms/April10HPNFinal.pdf
Eric Bear is a sophomore at Colorado Academy in Denver. He is passionate exploring the mountains of Colorado and playing Varsity Soccer for Colorado Academy. Eric obtained a black belt in Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo in 2013 after eight years of training. He enjoys theater, Boy Scouts, and hiking 14,000-foot mountains in Colorado. He looks forward to Geneva Glen Summer camp where he is a veteran of eight years. He is involved in Colorado High School Mock Trial, acting in school-wide productions at Colorado Academy and the Amnesty International Club at his school. He loves math, science, coding, and technology. He was Student Council President in Middle School. He enjoys engineering camp and has designed a solar powered, sustainable water treatment system.
Surprisingly, over 21,000 people die of non-smoking lung cancer each year. Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer second only to cigarette smoking.