Name A Snowplow Contest Winners Recognized

LINCOLN – An inaugural event, “Name a Snowplow” attracted more than 300 submissions by Nebraska elementary school students.

According to a release form the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), the list was narrowed down to 17 winners.

NDOT officials state the creativity of students’ submissions were impressive, making it difficult to narrow down the list. Some of the winning names included Blizzard of Oz, Darth Blader, Snowbuster and Snow Big Red.

Bloomfield Elementary School had eight different names selected being Blizzard Buster, Blizzard of Oz; Drift Slayer; Ice Breaker 2000; Plower Power; Snow Angel; Snowbuster and Snow-tal Annihilation.

Shannon Ankeny, NDOT Director of Communications and Public Policy said, “we were excited to give Nebraska’s students the chance to get involved in naming our plows. It’s also a great way to recognize our hardworking snowplow drivers and maintenance workers, who are often the unsung heroes of keeping our roads safe during and after winter weather.”

The selected plows will be branded with their new monikers and have been updated on NDOT’s where the name and location of each plow is available in real time.

While NDOT has over 600 snowplows, these 17 winners will be the only ones identified by name for now. NDOT will share additional information on its social media pages, including when the 17 names are placed on the snowplows.

NDOT plans to have another contest next year, with the goal to have 30 new names to add by early October.


Below are the schools with winning snowplow names and the districts to which they will be assigned:


Snowplow Name District School
Blizzard Buster D7 Bloomfield Elementary School
Blizzard of Oz D2 Bloomfield Elementary School
Darth Blader D1 McCool Junction Public School
Dragon Flame D4 Our Redeemer Lutheran Staplehurst
Drift Slayer D6 Bloomfield Elementary School
Flurry Force D5 High Plains Community
Ice breaker 2000 D3 Bloomfield Elementary School
Peppermint D8 Malcolm Public Schools
Plower Power D3 Bloomfield Elementary School
Snow Angel D7 Bloomfield Elementary School
Snow Beast D8 McCool Junction Public School
Snow Big Red D4 Shelby Rising City
Snow Blade D4 Emmanuel-Faith Lutheran
Snow Day Hunter D6 McCool Junction Public School
Snowbuster D1 McCool Junction Public School
Snowbuster Bloomfield Elementary School
Snow-tal Annihilation D2 Bloomfield Elementary School
Winter Warrior D5 McCool Junction Public School