Last week Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced the winners of its 2011 Montana State Parks Fifth Grade Poster Contest.
This year marked the 21st anniversary of the contest, which invites fifth-graders from across the state to submit original artwork highlighting Montana’s individual parks. This year’s theme centered on camping.
This year’s first-place winner, Lincoln Elementary School’s Morgan Wyant of Anaconda, submitted a piece about Lost Creek State Park.
She wins an assortment of prizes stuffed into a backpack, and valued at $200, and her whole class wins a field trip to “a state park of their choice.” Any guesses on which park it’ll be?
A Sacred Heart Home School student in Helena, Charles Grag, won second place for his Bannack State Park entry; the third place winner is North Star Elementary School’s Hali Kapperud, of Gildford, for her piece on Sluice Boxes State Park. Each of them will also get backbacks full of field guides and other prizes worth $150 and $100, respectively.
A Bannack State Park entry earned an Honorable Mention for Clay Allison of Dillon’s Parkview Elementary School, so this kiddo will be counted among the winners who will receive a T-shirt featuring their winning artwork and a subscription to Montana Outdoors magazine.
All these winners will also get some exposure for their artwork, which will be traveling around the state through November. Here’s the display schedule:
June 2 – 13, FWP Headquarters, 1420 E. 6th Avenue, Helena
June 20 – July 5, Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell
July 18- 29, FWP Office, 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula
Aug. 8 – 19, FWP Office, 1400 South 19th, Bozeman
Aug. 29 – Sept. 9, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, Ulm
Sept. 19 – 30, Pictograph Cave State Park, Billings
Oct. 11 – 21, FWP Office, Hwy 2 West, Glasgow
Nov. 1 – 15, FWP Office, 352 I-94 Business Loop, Miles City