South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 25, 2002

GREENVILLE COUNTY STUDENTS WIN STATE CONTEST

(COLUMBIA, SC) - Posters by two Greenville County fifth graders claimed prizes in the annual Arbor Day poster contest. Forestry Commission officials say artwork created by a Fountain Inn student took top honors while an entry from Bethel Elementary in Simpsonville won third prize in the state.

The stateís first place poster was drawn by Trae Smith, a student at Fountain Inn Elementary. Smithís poster will represent South Carolina in the national Arbor Day poster contest. In addition, Smith will be awarded a $200 savings bond and $50 in cash from the SC Urban and Community Forestry Council, and an Audubon Tree Guide from the Forestry Commission.

In Smithís honor, the SC Nursery and Landscape Association will present a $100 gift certificate to Smithís teacher, Sheila Kamp. The money will be used to plant a tree on the school grounds. Kamp will also receive a gift certificate to purchase school supplies.

Corinne Reynolds of Bethel Elementary School was recognized as the third place winner statewide. She will receive a cash prize of $15 and a copy of the Audubon Tree Guide.

State prizes will be awarded in Arbor Day ceremonies in Columbia on December 6. Smithís poster will then be evaluated by a national team in competition with other state winners across the country. The national winner will be announced on National Arbor Day, April 25.

Smith and Reynolds won from a field of more than 30 finalists statewide. The contest, sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, is administered in SC by the Forestry Commissionís Urban Forestry Program. This yearís theme, "Trees are Terrific . . . From Acorns to Oaks," reflected findings that most Americans think the oak is symbolic of the nationís values.

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For more information, contact: Liz Gilland, 803-896-8864

Smith's Winning Poster
Smith's winning poster

Reynolds' Poster
Reynolds' poster


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