Annual Metra Safety Contest

Metra Safety Poster and Essay Contest Winners announced

Metra has announced the winners of its 16th Annual Safety Poster and Essay Contest, asking students across Metra's service area to illustrate through posters and essays the importance of safe behaviors near the railroad. This year's theme is "Stay Safe, Stay Off Train Tracks."

The Safety Poster and Essay Contest asks students to take on an advocacy role and communicate the importance of safety near the tracks. This year's theme: "Stay Safe, Stay Off Train Tracks"emphasizes the importance of being aware of your surroundings and personal safety when near railroad tracks, platforms, and crossings, which can be extremely dangerous.

One first-, second- and third-place winner has been selected from each grade, K through 12, for the poster contest and will be awarded the following prizes:

First Place: $500 gift card
Second Place: $250 gift card
Third Place: $100 gift card

Students were also able to submit an essay describing in 300 words or less why it’s important to "Stay Safe, Stay Off Train Tracks." when near railroad tracks, platforms, and crossings.  One first-place prize is being awarded in each of the essay contest's three divisions: grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12. One winner from each division will receive a $500 gift card. In addition, winning designs will be featured in Metra’s safety calendar, website, weekend passes, and social media.

The contest is open to all students in grades K through 12 living or attending school in Metra’s six-county service area: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will. If a student won first place in the 2021-2022 contest that student was NOT eligible to enter in the 2022-2023 contest.

Printable posters promoting the contest are available here:

2022-2023 Winners List


Members of the general public can participate by selecting their favorite poster from this year’s first-place winners, which can be viewed at the bottom of this page. The artist who garners the most votes will receive an additional $250 prize. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the July 19 meeting of the Metra Board of Directors.  After you've picked your favorite, go here to vote.

    2022-23 Safety Poster Contest Winners

    Rajat Thakur

    Brookdale Elementary, Naperville

    Dasha Kosharko

    1st Grade
    Life Christian School, St. Charles

    Aadyansh Tripathi

    2nd Grade
    Kildeer Countryside Elementary School, Kildeer

    Callie Kim

    3rd Grade
    Robert Crown Elementary School, Wauconda

    Kerim Usseinov

    4th Grade
    Reba O. Steck Elementary School, Aurora

    Abigail Sim

    5th Grade
    Woodland Intermediate School, Gurnee

    Minseo Kim

    6th Grade
    Aptakisic Junior High School, Buffalo Grove

    Mason Ramirez

    7th Grade
    Antioch Upper Grade School, Antioch

    Florence Lee

    8th Grade
    Aptakisic Junior High School, Buffalo Grove

    James Beomjin Kim

    9th Grade
    William Fremd High School, Palatine

    Chloe Takahashi

    10th Grade
    Hoffman Estates High School, Hoffman Estates

    Niyati Naveen

    11th Grade
    New Trier High School, Winnetka

    Wil Van Dyne

    12th Grade
    Cary-Grove High School, Cary