The Delaware Forest Service sponsors an annual Arbor Day Poster Contest for Delaware school children in grades K-5. Poster contest information packets are mailed every January, with awards presented in April during our annual Arbor Day Ceremony. The Delaware Forest Service also distributes free pine seedlings annually to Delaware elementary school children on a first-come, first-served basis.
The annual Arbor Day Poster Contest is designed to teach students about forests and forest resources. Participating in the poster contest is a way to learn more about the role of trees in our state and their direct impact on the health and well-being of Delaware residents.
“Trees are Terrific…and Perfect for Pollinators!”
Amelia Meyer, a fifth-grader at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville, is the overall winner of the Delaware Forest Service’s 2018 Arbor Day School Poster Contest, beating out entries from more than 3,200 students in 43 classes from virtually every school district. This year’s theme – “Trees Are Terrific…and Perfect for Pollinators!” – was chosen to highlight the important role of trees in the health of pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The annual contest is open to grades K to 5 in all Delaware private, public, charter, and home schools. Winners were selected from each county in the following grades: K, 1-2, 3-4, and 5. Posters were evaluated on originality, use of theme, neatness, and artistic expression.
View the complete 2018 Arbor Day School Poster Contest winners (with links to high-resolution images).
2018 Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners
New Castle County Winners
Kindergarten – Jade Munoz-Martinez- Academia Antonia Alonso, Wilmington
Grade 1-2 – Makalani Collins -Jennie Smith Elementary, New Castle
Grade 3-4 – Madison Butts – Heritage Elementary, Wilmington
Grade 5 – Chase Puszkarczuk – Heritage Elementary, Wilmington
Kent County Winners
Kindergarten – Audriana Friday – Mcilvaine Early Childhood Center, Magnolia
Grade 1-2 – MaKenna Barclay – Nellie Stokes Elementary, Dover
Grade 3-4 – Gianni Coblentz – Hartly Elementary, Hartly
Grade 5 – Jacob Simons – WB Simpson Elementary, Wyoming
Sussex County Winners
Kindergarten – Michael Foracre – Paul laurence Dunbar Elementary, Laurel
Grade 1-2 – Yojana Garcia-Lopez – Mispillion Elementary, Milford
Grade 3-4 – Samantha Geidel – Southern Delaware School of Arts, Selbyville
Grade 5 – Amelia Meyer – Southern Delaware School of Arts, Selbyville
Winners will receive their awards from Delaware Governor John Carney at the Delaware Forest Service’s Arbor Day Ceremony on May 4, 2018 in Dover. Each winner also receives a tree-themed book and a print reproduction of their poster on fine art canvas. Thanks to corporate sponsor Delmarva Power, a free tree planting ceremony will also be held at each winner’s school. In addition, every participating classroom receives free pine seedlings for all participants. Once again this year, students from the Middletown High School FFA Chapter and senior volunteers from the Modern Maturity Center in Dover are wrapping thousands of seedlings to distribute to schoolchildren statewide.Check out the previous year’s winners:
- View 2017 Arbor Day Contest Winners
- View 2016 Arbor Day Contest Winners
- View 2015 Arbor Day Contest Winners
- View 2014 Arbor Day Contest Winners
For more information, email: Ashley Melvin