Announcing 2019 Highway Safety Poster Contest Winners

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Each year, Caltrans holds its annual Highway Safety poster contest. The contest is open to children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews 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. 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, "Be Work Zone Alert" or "Move Over."


Below are the Winning Posters and a Brief Introduction to the Creators

Winner 14 – 17 year olds

Khushi A. Khant is a 15-year-old sophomore at Whitney High School who plans on following in her father’s footsteps and pursue a career in the engineering field. Her father, Anupkumar C. Khant, is a Senior Transportation Electrical Engineer in the Headquarters Division of Project Management. Khushi’s hobbies include drawing, spending time with family, listening to music and learning new things. Khushi says, “highway workers work hard to protect us, and drivers should do the same. Drivers should always “Be Work Zone Alert” so the workers can return home safely to their families. She continued “it is imperative that drivers avoid driving distracted in order to save lives.”

Poster creator winner 14 to 17 years old - Khushi A. Khant

Poster creator winner 14 to 17 years old - Khushi A. Khant Art

Winner 11 – 13 year olds

Noah Fang is the 11-year-old son of Henry Fang, a Transportation Engineer in the Division of Engineering Services. He is a 5th grader at Ridgeview Elementary School who likes art and playing with his friends. His hobbies include martial arts and playing the piano. Noah’s message to the public is to stay focused while driving because it is very important for the safety of drivers and other people on the road.

Poster creator winner 11 to 13 Years Old - Noah Fang

Poster creator winner 11 to 13 Years Old - Noah Fang Art

Winner 7 – 10 year olds

Alexis Serrano is a typical 5th grader who enjoys art, music, reading, and of course, shopping. She is the 10-year-old daughter of Ana Serrano, Senior Transportation Engineer in the Division of Maintenance, Office of Stormwater Program Implementation - Environmental Analysis. She loves the use of different art media and enjoys including detail in her pieces. Alexis wants to make sure all roadways are safe for all drivers and passengers.

Poster creator winners 7 to 10 Years Old - Alexis Serrano

Poster creator winners 7 to 10 Years Old - Alexis Serrano Art

Winner 6 years old and younger

Sachi Schuman is the 6-year-old daughter of District 4 Senior Transportation Engineer Louis Schuman. She enjoys gymnastics and reading. Sachi loves her family, school and her 1st grade teacher Ms. Schane at Crocker Highlands Elementary School in Oakland. Sachi speaks and writes Japanese and is learning Spanish. She wants everyone traveling and those working on the road to be able to go home safely at the end of the day.

Winner 6 Years Old and Younger - Sachi Schuman

Poster creator winner 6 years old and younger - Sachi Schuman Art


Below are the Honorable Mention Winners



14-17 years old

Addison Rice – 14
Father, Andrew Rice
Senior Transportation Surveyor

District 11


Honorable Mention winners 14-17 Years Old - Addison Rice Honorable Mention winners 14-17 Years Old - Addison Rice Art

11-13 years old

Anyssa Valles – 13
Mother, Anna Valles
Administrative Assistant

District 8


Honorable Mention winners 11-13 Years Old - Anyssa Valles Honorable Mention winners 11-13 Years Old - Anyssa Valles Art

7-10 years old

Tarhib Auyonko Rahid – 7
Mother, Tanzeeba Kishwar
Senior Project Manager
Father, Ahmed Rahid
Senior Transportation Engineer

District 3

Honorable Mention winners 7-10 Years Old Tarhib Auyonko Rahid Honorable Mention winners 7-10 Years Old - Tarhib Auyonko Rahid Art

6 years old and younger

Alicia Grey Gomez – 5
Uncle, Michael Stavropoulous
Transportation Engineer

District 6


Honorable Mention winners 6 years old and younger Honorable Mention winners 6 years old and younger - Alicia Grey Gomez Art