PIERRE, S.D. – Abby Johanneson, a fifth-grade student at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Yankton, is the winner of the 2021 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest. Abby’s poster was chosen out of 626 entries from fifth graders across the state.
The 2021 contest theme was “Trees Are Terrific…and Energy Wise!”.
Johanneson will receive a $125 cash prize and a certificate of achievement. In addition, her poster will be featured on the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ (DANR) Arbor Day Poster Contest Calendar.
Johanneson’s teacher, Isaura Solis, will receive $175 to purchase educational supplies.
River Drury of Haakon School District in Philip was selected as the second-place winner. Drury receives a $100 cash prize and a certificate of achievement. The third-place winner, Aleah Hettich of McIntosh School in McIntosh, receives a certificate and a $75 cash prize.
The top twelve posters will be featured in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest Calendar.
The annual Arbor Day Poster Contest helps promote the importance of Arbor Day and is open to all South Dakota fifth graders. Arbor Day is celebrated annually on the last Friday in April, with individuals and groups encouraged to plant and care for trees. DANR, the South Dakota Society of American Foresters, Aspen Arboriculture Solutions, LLC, and the South Dakota Arborists Association sponsor the state Arbor Day Poster Contest.
— South Dakota DANR
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