Arbor Day Poster Winners at Garnet Elementary

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Arbor Day Honorable Mention Winners – 5th Grade

Kent County students who created posters for Arbor Day were recognized Tuesday, April 25, in ceremonies at Garnet Elementary School in Chestertown.

Awards went to 25 students each from third and fifth grades, with the top five in each grade receiving cash prizes from $10 to $50. All the students’ posters will be on display in stores throughout the Chestertown shopping district. The top five in each grade also received professionally produced collages of their winning posters, courtesy of the Lamotte Company.  

Chip Broadwater of the Kent County Forestry Board led the ceremonies, which included the reading of a proclamation by Kent County Commissioner Ron Fithian, noting the importance of Arbor Day in encouraging residents to plant and care for the county’s trees and designating April as “Tree-mendous Tree Planting Month” in Kent County.  He said that everyone can take part in tree-planting.  Free seedlings are available at all local county and town offices and at the Kent County Library.  You just need to go in and ask for a couple of seedlings and then choose a place to plant them in your yard.

Arbor Day Honorable Mention Winners – 3rd Grade

The highlight of the ceremony, especially for the many parents in the audience, was the awarding of prizes for the poster contestants, to third- and fifth-grade students from schools in the county. All honorable mention students received a $2 bill, an honorable mention T-shirt, and a bag with Smokey Bear gifts.

Winners 5th Grade – Arbor Day Posters

Winners3rd Grade – Arbor Day

Also at the ceremonies, the town of Chestertown was recognized as a Tree City, U.S.A.

Brittany Haas, Chip Broadwater, Dakota Durcho (MD DNR Forest Service), Linda Kuipers (Chestertown Town Council member)

The first- through fifth-place students in each of the two grades received T-shirts showing their posters, along with gift bags and prize checks.

Third grade winners were:

Fifth place, Hailey Myers, Worton

Fourth place, Taylor Brooke Mangels, Rock Hall

Third place, Peter Sine, Garnet

Second place, DeAndre Sisco, Garnet

First place, Alden Swanson, Garnet

Honorable mention third-graders were Zaryah Chisum, Anyta Wilson, Kamari Hoxter, Jackson Zebatakis, Sydney Kim, Nykyla Hawkins, Gwen Hamlen, Kelly Sengprasert Galan, Laila Johnson, Selena Hernandez Perez, Zuleika Nava, Delilah Markovic, Temani Lamar Darden, Taurize Curtis, Grace Gerstung, Yurem Alejo Gomez, Ava Elizabeth Dalrymple, Andrew Buckel, Michelle Menequin and Kyleigh Batchelor.

Fifth grade winners were:

Fifth place, Alden Dunlap, Radcliffe Creek

Fourth place, Ellie Lake, Radcliffe Creek

Third place, Auerie Hitzes, Galena

Second place, Molly Depp, Worton

First place, Ryan Myers, Worton

Honorable mention fifth-graders were Madison Messick, Carolyn Bordley, Makena Mernaugh, Nicholas Hall, Martin Parrish, Maurya McKenzie, Serenitee Miller, Qui’Nyra Yellowdy, Sarah McFarland, Marco Sotovela, Amaya Barrett, Kamryn Murray, Malachi Miller, Jessica Rosanova, Patrick Darrell, Gillian Bonass, Collins Rhoe, Alexis Morris, Briana Osborn and Emily Blusk.

Olivia Blusk, 2nd grade, was there to support her sister, Emily Blusk – 5th grade and her friend Mekena Mernaugh, both 5th grade. All three attend Worton Elementary. Olivia and Emily are the daughters of Jason & Stephanie Blusk. Jenny Mernaugh and Kenny Plummer are the mother and step-father of Makena.

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