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

Arbor Day photo contest winners announced
Winners from Buncombe, Guilford, Moore, Watauga and Mecklenburg counties

RALEIGH -- Winners of the N.C. Forest Service’s second annual Arbor Day Photo Contest have been announced. The contest challenged students in fifth through 12th grades to not only capture the beauty of a tree or forest, but also describe the benefits of trees to the urban environment today and for past generations in a short narrative focusing on trees “Young and Old.”

“We want students to understand that our forests are valuable and renewable natural resources,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “We hope that through this contest, students will see why forests are important to our state. They did a great job capturing the beauty of our forests.”

Following are the winners:

  • Grand prize winner – Rose Rossell, 11th grade, North Buncombe High School, Weaverville
  • First Place, fifth-eighth grades – Tyterrica Graham, fifth grade, Parkview Village Elementary School, High Point
  • First Place, ninth-12th grades – Lacey McCulloch, 11th grade, Union Pines High School, Cameron
  • Honorable Mention, fifth-eighth grades – Elizabeth Ward, seventh grade, Hardin Park School, Boone
  • Honorable Mention, ninth-12th grades – Raymond Bellamy, 12th grade, William Amos Hough High School, Cornelius

The grand prize and first-place winners will receive their awards at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh at the annual Arbor Day Celebration on March 22 at 1:30 p.m. Rosell will receive $150, a framed copy of her photo and a tree to plant on the grounds at her school. First-place winners will receive $50 and a tree to plant on their school’s grounds.

A panel of judges selected the winners from each grade division and grand prize winner. Entries were judged on composition, technique and the use of light, overall impact and originality, as well as the expression of the theme, "Young and Old." There were 36 entries from public and private schools across the state.

To learn more about Urban Forestry in North Carolina, go to the N.C. Forest Service site at and follow the links under Urban and Community Forestry. For more information about the photo contest, contact Jennifer Rall at 919-857-4849.




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