Trees are the highlight of a green state landscape. And the "Keep Montana Green" poster contest brings out visions of those lands from some of the best young artists in the area.
The Southwestern Land Office (SWLO) of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation have narrowed down the entries, and the winners have been submitted to the statewide contest to select the best of the best. The State of Montana winners will be announced soon.
This is the 61st annual competition. The contest got its start back in the 60s to make people aware of being careful with fire in the woods. This year, there were over 150 submissions in this part of the state. We thought it was a good idea to list the top entrants from Southwestern Montana.
Primary Division (K-3rd Grade)1st - Molly Williams Swan Valley Elementary 3rd grade2nd - Hale Devins Seeley Lake Elementary kindergarten3rd - Zoey Evans Florence-Carlton Elementary 3rd gradeHonorable Mention - Nellie McLean Woodman School 2nd grade
Intermediate Division (4th-6th Grade)1st - Liz Knutson Bonner School 6th grade2nd - Gabe Murphy Florence-Carlton Elementary 4th Grade3rd - Kennadee Nelson-Deluca Woodman School 5th GradeHonorable Mention - Porter Kroenke Washington Middle School 6th Grade
Junior Division (7th-9th Grade)1st - Kellan Dick Washington Middle School 8th Grade2nd - Abby wheeler Superior High School 9th Grade3rd - Liam Wheeler Superior Junior High 7th gradeHonorable Mention - Isabella Hansen - Gold Creek School 7th grade
Senior Division (10th-12th Grade)1st - Jaiden Haugland Florence-Carlton High School 10th Grade2nd - Delaney Lawrence Florence-Carlton High School 11th Grade3rd - Caleb Rockwood Victor School 12th GradeHonorable Mention - Dylon Kidd Florence-Carlton High School 12th Grade
Kristin Mortenson, SWLO Community Preparedness and Fire Prevention Specialist said in a news release, "We are excited that we had a good turnout for this year's contest and hope to continue to see an increasing number of schools participate in the future."
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