Lawton_Press Release_Lawton elementary student Haley Stossel has been recognized by the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board for her artistic talents in a statewide poster contest promoting well site safety.
Stossel, who recently completed the fifth grade at Woodland Hills Elementary and is also a participant in the Lawton Public Schools' gifted and talented program, was presented $200 for her winning poster during a ceremony earlier this month at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
The OERB sponsored the poster contest in conjunction with its fifth annual "Well Site Safety Day" celebration. Oklahoma's oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners, through the OERB, sponsor the special day to increase awareness of the safety dangers children face around well sites.
Haley's artwork will be included in the 2009 calendar produced by the OERB.
During the ceremony, Lt. Gov. Jari Askins gave the first public reading of The Road to Petroville - a children's book about Oklahoma's oil and natural gas resources. Haley and the 11 other poster winners received copies of the book.
In congratulating the winners, Askins said, "You've done your homework and learned about the importance of the oil and natural gas industry in Oklahoma. In learning about the importance of oil and gas, you also learned the importance of well site safety."
"Well Site Safety Day" kicked off an eight-week campaign to build awareness and understanding of the industry's commitment to youth safety. In addition to newspaper, television and radio ads, the OERB launched a web site - OERB.com/safety - to teach children, parents and other adults about the dangers of playing around well sites.
Created by the Legislature in 1993, the OERB restores abandoned well sites, supports energy education and promotes wise and efficient use of energy. Oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners voluntarily fund the OERB through an assessment on the sale of oil and natural gas in the state.
Haley is the daughter of Paul and Suzanne Stossel of Lawton.