Announcing 2020 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.

Although the posters differ greatly in appearance, they all convey one of these important messages, "Be Work Zone Alert" or "Move Over."


Winner 14 – 17 year olds

Elaheh Khazi is a 14-year-old freshman honor student at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont. She loves learning new languages, traveling, music and sports. Her father, Parwiz Khazi, is a Transportation Electrical Engineer P.E. in District 4, Traffic Operations. Elaheh says “People need to drive cautiously and avoid major collisions in work zones. I wanted to portray the consequences of drunk driving and texting while driving. I hope my artwork conveys the dangers and people will heed this life saving message to “Be Work Zone Alert.”

Poster creator winner 14 to 17 years old - Elaheh Khazi

Poster creator winner 14 to 17 years old - Elaheh Khazi Art

Winner 11 – 13 year olds

Stella White is the 13-year-old daughter of Jim White, a Caltrans Equipment Operator II in District 2. She is a 7th grader at Quincy Jr./Sr. High School who enjoys sports, writing, cooking and hanging out with family and friends. Stella wants people to drive safely in work zones so nothing will happen to her dad while he’s working.

Poster creator winner 11 to 13 Years Old - Stella White

Poster creator winner 11 to 13 Years Old - Stella White Art

Winner 7 – 10 year olds

Kendall Rose Arangure’s favorite things are mac ‘n cheese and her dog. In addition to skateboarding, this 8-year-old third grader at Inspire School loves art. Her father is John Arangure, District 11 Transportation Surveyor. Being selected to paint an electrical box for the city of Vista was a major highlight for this young artist. Kendall thinks it’s important for drivers to pay attention because it keeps her dad safe.

Poster creator winners 7 to 10 Years Old - Kendall Rose Arangure

Poster creator winners 7 to 10 Years Old - Kendall Rose Arangure Art

Winner 6 years old and younger

Mia Tokmakov is the 6-year-old daughter of Andrey Tokmakov, District 3 Transportation Engineer. She plays the piano and is bilingual. Mia’s favorite things are horses, swimming and ice cream. She also enjoys drawing and making crafts. Mia wants everyone who works on the roads to come home to their families every day.

Winner 6 Years Old and Younger - Mia Tokmakov

Poster creator winner 6 years old and younger - Mia Tokmakov Art


Honorable Mention Winners


14-17 years old

Addison Rice – 15
Father, Andrew Rice
Senior Transportation Surveyor

District 11


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

11-13 years old

Izabella Nicole Neri – 11
Father, Tommy Neri
Highway Maintenance Leadworker

District 11


Honorable Mention winners 11-13 Years Old - Izabella Nicole Neri Art Honorable Mention winners 11-13 Years Old - Izabella Nicole Neri

7-10 years old

Kaytie McCloud – 7
Father – Roah McCloud
Transportation Engineering Technician

District 3

Honorable Mention winners 7-10 Years Old Kaytie McCloud Art Honorable Mention winners 7-10 Years Old - Kaytie McCloud

6 years old and younger

Neelsa Bigdeli – 5
Father – Aliakbar Bigdeli
Transportation Engineer

Division of Engineering Services, Materials Engineering and Testing Services


Honorable Mention winners 6 years old and younger - Neelsa Bigdeli Art Honorable Mention winners 6 years old and younger - Neelsa Bigdeli