AVALON Three Avalon fourth-graders were top winners in a recent poster contest sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Schools in 49 counties in the North Central Texas area participated in the contest, and the first, third and fourth place awards went to Avalon students.

On hand to present the awards was Martha Shiflet, public health specialist from the Arlington office of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Receiving plaques and framed certificates from the Texas DeTexas Department of Health were first place winner Martha Padron, daughter of Augustine and Martha Padron of Avalon; third place winner Hannah Gill, daughter of Todd and Tammy Gill of Italy; and fourth place winner Sara Woods, daughter of Gary and Katrina Woods of Frost.

Fourth-grade teacher David Morgan also received a plaque for his outstanding leadership among his students.

The contest was designed to raise awareness of public health issues such as tobacco abuse, public safety, nutrition and active lifestyle, Morgan said.