Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners from McDowell and Ritchie Counties

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Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners from McDowell and Ritchie Counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials announced two winners in the 2015 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest. McKaylee Lynch, a homeschool student in Harrisville, Ritchie County, took top prize in the fourth-grade category. Jacob Adkins of Bradshaw Elementary in McDowell County won top honors in the fifth-grade category. This year’s contest theme was “Trees Are … Beneficial!”

Contest Coordinator Andy Sheetz, the Division of Forestry’s partnership coordinator, said, “The Arbor Day Poster Contest is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their artistic talents while learning about the importance of trees.”

An award ceremony will be conducted for each of the winners and trees will be planted in their honor. Each winner also will receive a $30 cash prize from the West Virginia Forestry Association.

The West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest is open to all public, private and home-schooled fourth-grade and fifth-grade students in the state. Information on the 2016 contest will be available in September 2015 at www.wvforestry.com.

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Photo courtesy West Virginia Division of Forestry: Winning artwork by fifth-grade student Jacob Adkins of McDowell County (top) and fourth-grade student McKaylee Lynch of Ritchie County (bottom).

News Release: April 21, 2015                 

Contact: Andy Sheetz, Partnership Coordinator, 304-382-9574 Andy.i.Sheetz@wv.gov

Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov