Monday, March 23, 2009

Statewide Winners Announced in Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest

Twelve elementary school children have been selected as statewide winners in the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division announced today. More than 4,000 kindergarten through 5th-grade students from 30 public schools, private schools and home-school groups participated in the 19TH annual conservation art competition.

Statewide winners in the four grade divisions included:

Kindergarten

1st place: Scott Kolbuss, Poplar Road Elementary School, Sharpsburg, Ga.

2nd place: Landon Holliday, Heard County Elementary School, Franklin, Ga.

3rd place: Sage Smith, Ephesus Elementary School, Roopville, Ga.



1st-2nd grade

1st place: Brandon Koh, Sabah Kinder Art School, Duluth, Ga.

2nd place: Andrea Crenshaw, Pike Primary School, Zebulon, Ga.

3rd place: Caroline Andrews, Peeples Elementary School, Fayetteville, Ga.



3rd-4th grade

1st place: Jay Li, Sabah Kinder Art School, Duluth, Ga.

2nd place: Haley Huckaby, Bleckley County Elementary School, Cochran, Ga.

3rd place: Shealynn Sumner, Centralhatchee Elementary School, Franklin, Ga.



5th grade

1st place: Claire Chang, Sabah Kinder Art School, Duluth, Ga.

2nd place: Reede Johnson, Tiftarea Academy, Chula, Ga.

3rd place: Austin Brewer, Centralhatchee Elementary School, Franklin, Ga.


The artwork of these 12 winners will be showcased in the 2009-2010 Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest calendar. All state-level entries will be on display at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Conference Center in Mansfield, Ga., from March 21-April 4.

Participants entered the contest at the local school level with drawings depicting their observations of Georgia’s native plants and animals, and following the 2009 contest theme, “Nature’s Gifts: The Plants and Animals of Georgia.” Drawings were judged based on aspects such as theme, originality and the quality and impact of the artwork. Top school-level entries proceeded to the state contest at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens.

The 2009 poster contest sponsors include the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia and The Environmental Resources Network Inc. (TERN).

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