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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012


Brian Haines, public information officer
N.C. Forest Service

Winners of N.C. Arbor Day Poster Contest announced

RALEIGH — Shay Smithwick, a fifth-grader at Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston, is the winner of North Carolina’s 2012 Arbor Day Poster Contest.

The theme of the contest was “Trees Are Terrific …and Forests Are Too!” Smithwick was presented with a $250 savings bond from the N.C. Forestry Association and an award at an Arbor Day celebration today (March 16) at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh. Her teacher, Judy Johnson, also received $200 for school supplies from Duke Energy.

Runners-up were Charlie Tulevech, of St. Egbert School in Morehead City, and Will Parker, of Grace Christian School in Raleigh.

“The poster contest is a great opportunity for students to tap their creativity while celebrating one of our state’s important natural resources,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

The N.C. Forest Service coordinates the contest, which is open to fifth-grade students in public, private and home schools. The contest has been held since 1992 to promote the importance of Arbor Day and tree planting. To learn more, contact Jennifer Rall, poster contest coordinator, at 919-857-4849 or log on to

The official North Carolina Arbor Day is celebrated on the first Friday after March 15. National Arbor Day is on the last Friday in April. Different communities in the state may celebrate their local Arbor Day at different times.




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