Win­ners of poster con­test an­nounced in Galena

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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.

PHO­TOS BY LEANN SCHENKE

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.

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