Ann Gibbons, a fifth grade student from Weatherly Heights Elementary School in Huntsville, has won the 2018 Arbor Day Poster Contest. She will be presented with $50, a one-year AUFA membership and other prizes for her winning poster, designed around the contest theme "Trees Are Terrific...in Cities & Towns!". Some 2,337 students, in 142 classrooms, in 41 schools participated in the contest
Governor Kay Ivey will host a tree planting ceremony with Ann and contest runners up on the Capitol grounds in Montgomery on Tuesday, February 20th, beginning at 1:00pm. Ann will speak on "What Arbor Day Means to Me," and she will receive an Arbor Week Proclamation signed by Governor Ivey.
"Arbor Day allows us to reflect on the need to protect our state's natural resources," Governor Ivey said. "I'm proud to see so many young people participate in the Arbor Day Poster contest, as it shows us that our young people are learning about the importance of caring for our natural resources".
Two runners-up will also be recognized in the Alabama contest: Second Place winner Carliegh Jurkiewicz from Gulf Shores Elementary, and Third Place winner Sarah Sloughfy from Kitty Stone Elementary in Jacksonville. In addition to their cash awards, each student will receive other prizes provided by contest sponsors. Educational materials are included.
The Alabama Arbor Day Poster competition is sponsored by the Alabama Urban Forestry Association, Alabama Extension, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc., Alabama Power Company, Legacy, Inc., Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Keep Alabama Beautiful, Alabama 4-H, and Governor Ivey's office.
The Alabama Arbor Day Poster Contest originated in 1997. More information about the Alabama Arbor Day Poster Contest is available by contacting David West at (256) 237-1621 or on the web. The poster theme and associated lesson plans change each year.