Winners of poster contest announced in Galena
GALENA — Third- and fifthgrade students gathered in Galena Elementary School’s gymnasium Friday for a celebration of Arbor Day and the announcement of the school’s winners for the annual Arbor Day poster contest.
The event, hosted by Chip Broadwater, a forest ranger with the Maryland Forest Service, was held inside due to rain but students still received seedlings to take home and plant.
Galena Park, Recreation and Tree Committee Chairman Justinian Dispenza said he remembers getting a seedling to plant in his backyard in elementary school. He said the tree is now large and grown, and students can have the same experience when they plant trees in their own backyards.
Mayor John Carroll discussed the history of Arbor Day and taught students about the Maryland state tree, the white oak, and Galena’s tree, the dogwood.
Students in third grade were asked to create a poster with the theme of “Trees for Clean Water and Happy Wildlife.” Students in fifth grade created posters with the theme of “Trees are Terrific ... and Make Communities Healthy.”
The top five winners, chosen by Kent County Commissioners William Pickrum, Ron Fithian and Bill Short, received a cash prize, a shrink wrapped version of their poster, a t-shirt with their poster and some Smokey the Bear trinkets.
Students earning honorable mention received a participation ribbon.
Third-grader Alexis Burris earned fourth place for her poster. Fifth-grader Emily Acros received first place for her poster and Nina Fahrman received second place for her design.
Third-graders who received honorable mentions for their posters included: Dyodn Nava, Tabytha White, Eddie G.B., Talicia Wright, Tucker Ervin, Justin Castill Peralta, Zoe Bramble, Sawyer Sheu- brooks and Anthony Smith.
Fifth-graders who received honorable mentions for their posters included: Jazmin Peralta, Kate Cannon, Aniyah Tolson, Heather Bilbrough, Angel Cote, Nijha Collins, Alayna Brown and Braylyn Strannahan.
Pictured are third-grade students from Galena Elementary School along with their posters from the annual Arbor Day poster contest. The winners from GALES for the contest were announced Friday. Also pictured, far left, is Galena Mayor John Carroll.
Pictured are fifth-grade students from Galena Elementary School who earned honorable mention for their posters in the annual Arbor Day poster contest. From left, Jazmin Peralta, Kate Cannon, Aniyah Tolson, Heather Bilbrough, Angel Cote, Nijah Collins, Alayna Brown and Braylyn Strannahan.
Pictured are fifth-graders Nina Fahrman, left, and Emily Arcos with Galena Mayor John Carroll. Arcos came in first place for the annual Arbor Day poster contest.
Galena Mayor John Carroll smiles for a picture with Alexis Burris, who came in fourth place for third-graders in the annual Arbor Day poster contest.