Young Shelton artists bring emergency preparedness to life through art

SHELTON — City students were well represented in the Naugatuck Valley Health District’s first youth art contest.

Cira Teran of the Shelton Intermediate School placed second, and the Perry Hill School’s Victoria Kim placed third in the 6th to 8th grade competition, while Shelton High School’s Paige Mamone placed second among high schoolers participating in the 2021 Emergency Preparedness Art Contest.

Observed across the country in September, National Preparedness Month presents an opportunity for all individuals to learn about how to prepare for an emergency to keep themselves and family safe. This year, one of the four themes was emphasizing teaching youth about preparedness.

With that in mind, NVHD Health Director Jessica Kristy said her organization launched its first-ever Valley youth art contest with the support of the region’s school districts. NVHD received 78 art submissions from students in grades K-12 throughout the Valley.

“The drawings were very creative, well thought out, and artistically expressed,” Kristy said. “The contest was judged by the Valley Emergency Management Directors, our local subject matter experts, who were encouraged to keep in mind the theme ‘preparing for a disaster or emergency’ when judging the artwork.”

The top three winners in each category were presented with a certificate of recognition and a family preparedness packet.

NVHD has created a video that showcases all the artwork that was submitted. The video can be accessed at, or the digital median can also be found, posted on the social media pages of the Naugatuck Valley Health District.

The Naugatuck Valley Health District is located at 98 Bank Street in Seymour.