Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Youth Mask Design Contest for Montgomery County students, ages 10 to 17, has been a big success! The contest challenged students to use their creativity to design a COVID-19 face mask. The goal of the contest was to engage students in the fight against COVID and encourage residents to keep our community safe by wearing a mask.

Community Health Education Equity Outreach (CHEEO)Team judged 74 entries from contestants in four age categories (10-11, 12-13, 14-15, and 16-17). The designs were scored based on theme, visual appeal, composition, creativity, language and graphics. The winning designers will receive a Chromebook. In addition, one design from among all entries has been chosen as the grand prize winner and will receive a Chromebook and a $100 gift card. The grand prize-winning mask design will be recreated by a graphic artist and reproduced and distributed in the community. (See attached)

Public Health’s Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention Supervisor and Co-Chair for CHEEO, Stacy Shern states, “We are thrilled with the response we received and so impressed by the entries.”

“The contest was designed to reinforce the importance of our community taking the pandemic seriously and the importance of mask wearing in the community as we fight to defeat the spread of COVID-19,” said Debbie Letlow, HIV Outreach Coordinator and Co-Chair for CHEEO.

The following contestants are winners of a Chromebook:

10-11 years-old category – Mia Mergler

12-13 years-old category – Carter Blankenship

14-15 years-old category – Sebastian Luster

16-17 years-old category – Emily Swanson

The grand prize winner Jesse White


Mia Mergler Age Category: 10 - 11

Carter Blankenship Age Category: 12-13

Sebastian Luster Age Category: 14-15

Emily Swanson Age Category: 16-17


The grand prize winner of a Chromebook and $100 gift card, as well as having their mask design reproduced and distributed in the community is Jesse White.


Congratulations to the winners and a special thanks to all the students that submitted entries. Contest winners will be notified by Public Health.

According to contest rules, the winning designs were chosen at the sole discretion of Public Health. Public Health employees and their families were not eligible to enter.

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