Ella Stephens, a fifth grade student at Vestavia Hills Elementary School, in Vestavia Hills, has won the state's 2017 Arbor Day State 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...and Forests Are Too!". Some 2,766 students in 125 classrooms in 31 schools participated in the contest.
N. Gunter Guy, Jr., Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will host a tree planting ceremony with Ella and contest runners up on the Capitol grounds in Montgomery, Alabama, on Wednesday, February 22nd, at 10:30am. Ella will speak on "What Arbor Day Means to Me," and she will receive an Arbor Week Proclamation signed by Governor Bentley.
The Alabama Arbor Day Poster competition is sponsored by the Alabama Urban Forestry Association, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Alabama Power Company, Legacy, Inc., Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Two runners-up will also be recognized in the Alabama contest. They are 2nd place winner, Catie Sanders, Gulf Shores Elementary School, and 3rd Place winner Ty Gibson, Hampton Cove Elementary, Huntsville. 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 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.