BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A panel of judges from the Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) has selected Selby Dolan, a fifth-grader from Creativity Challenge Community (C3) in Denver, as the winner of its 2021 Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest.
Selby’s poster, which depicts the importance of trees and how they benefit communities, competed against posters from 28 schools participating in the contest this year. The schools selected one poster to enter into the statewide contest, so the five finalists in the contest represented hundreds of fifth-grade students and their posters. The panel of judges from the CTC selected Selby’s poster as the winner after two close rounds of virtual judging earlier this month.
As the statewide poster contest winner, Selby will be awarded a framed copy of her winning poster, a $250 Visa gift card and prizes from the CTC. Selby’s art teacher, BJ Kittleson, also received a free online professional development training from Colorado Project Learning Tree.
In addition, Selby’s poster was the winner of a separate contest through the City and County of Denver. As a Denver poster contest winner, both Selby and Kittleson will receive gift cards from Meininger Art Supply, and Denver will plant a tree in her honor. Following social distance protocols, Selby, her parents Jeff and Kim Dolan, and Kittleson may have the opportunity to be present at the tree planting.
The CTC thanks all students, teachers and parents for their support of this fun and educational contest recognizing Colorado’s urban and community forests. The beautiful trees that grace our streets, parks, yards and open spaces provide economic, social and ecological services that we all can enjoy!
The Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest is sponsored by Above & Beyond Services, ArborScape Tree Services, the CTC, Denver Parks and Recreation’s Office of the City Forester and the Colorado State Forest Service. For more info on the contest, please contact Kyle Sylvester, open space manager for the City of Brighton and chair of the CTC’s Arbor Day Poster Contest, at (303) 655-2089.
— Colorado Tree Coalition
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