Ellie Merrick, a fifth-grader at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville, is the overall State Winner of the Delaware Forest Service’s 2019 Arbor Day School Poster Contest. This year’s theme was “Trees are Terrific… in Cities and Towns!” — chosen to highlight the numerous benefits of trees in community settings.
Twelve winners were chosen overall – one from each county (New Castle, Kent, Sussex) in the following grade categories: kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, and grade 5. Winners receive a tree-themed book, a free tree planting ceremony at their school (courtesy of sponsor Delmarva Power), and an invitation to the State Arbor Day Ceremony with Governor John C. Carney, Jr.
The gallery of winning posters are online: 2019 Delaware Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners.
|Kindergarten||Avery Thomas — Cedar Lane Early Childhood Center, Middletown|
|Grades 1-2||Lydia Sperati — Jennie Smith Elementary, Newark|
|Grades 3-4||Patricia Gomes — All Saints Catholic School, Wilmington|
|Grade 5||Jayden Fuller — Brandywine Springs Elementary, Wilmington|
|Kindergarten||Abigail Carter — McIlvaine Early Childhood Center, Magnolia|
|Grades 1-2||Bella Cooper — Allen Frear Elementary, Camden|
|Grades 3-4||Sarah Armstrong — Allen Frear Elementary, Camden|
|Grade 5||Sophia Yuckel — Allen Frear Elementary, Camden|
|Kindergarten||Loana Marquez Mendez — H.O. Brittingham Elementary, Milton|
|Grades 1-2||Zoe Bontrager-Thomas — Mispillion Elementary, Milford|
|Grades 3-4||Ava Strong — Southern Delaware School of Arts, Selbyville|
|Grade 5||Ellie Merrick — Southern Delaware School of Arts, Selbyville|
The annual Arbor Day Poster Contest is designed to teach students about forests and forest resources. Participating in the 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.
This year’s theme – “Trees Are Terrific…in Cities and Towns!” – is designed to increase knowledge about the benefits of trees in our communities. While many people plant trees to provide fruit, beauty, or shade, the benefits of trees – especially in cities and towns – go far beyond those things. Trees are invaluable assets that provide numerous social, environmental and economic benefits such as lower energy costs, cleaner air and water, and increased property values.
“Trees are Terrific…in Cities and Towns!”
Posters will be judged on originality, use of theme, neatness, and artistic expression.
Check out the previous year’s winners:
- View 2018 Arbor Day Contest 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