Poster Contest Announced: Calling All Oklahoma 5th Graders!

Oklahoma Forestry announces that competition is underway for the state level of the 2010 Arbor Day National Poster Contest. All fifth grade level students are eligible to enter. They are not required to enter as part of a school classroom—scout groups, home school associations, etc are all invited to participate. The theme for 2010 is “Trees are Terrific…and Energy Wise!”

“Oklahoma has become the state to beat in the national poster competition as Oklahomans took first place nationally in 2009 and 2008. We also won second place in 2007!” said Christina Stallings Roberson, Oklahoma Forestry Services Education Coordinator. “I look forward to another great year of poster contest entries!”

Geneva Mendoza, fifth grader from Maryetta School in Stilwell, Oklahoma competed against state winners from every state in the country to take first place honors in the prestigious Arbor Day National Poster Contest for 2009. As the national winner, Geneva received a $1000 savings bond and a trip to Nebraska with her parents and her art teacher, Samilou Smith. While there, Geneva rode on a float in the National Arbor Day parade and a special tree planting will occur in her honor at her school this fall.

The November 20, 2009 deadline for entering Oklahoma’s competition is right around the corner. Teachers and parents are encouraged to visit for full contest details and curriculum materials that can be incorporated into the classroom as students prepare to create their winning entry. The state level winner will go on to compete at the national level. Great prizes are awarded for the top 3 state finalists including a tree planting at each student’s school.

For additional information or to have a packet mailed to you contact Christina Stallings Roberson, Oklahoma Forestry Services contest coordinator at 405-522-6158 or