First place in the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Montana State Parks Poster Contest went to Justin Schroer, from Lewis & Clark School in Great Falls. Schroer's eye-catching, artfully rendered submission depicted the wide-open spaces of Ulm Pishkun State Park with an Indian camp and buffalo.
Schroer will receive a $150 savings bond and a T-shirt with his original artwork screened on the front. Lewis & Clark School will receive a State Park video and books valued at $50 for the school library.
Second place went to Kayla Beans, from Hellgate Elementary School in Missoula. Beans' creative use of medium and design brought the historic horses of Wild Horse Island State Park alive in a playful, free-spirited scene that is common today on the island. Beans will receive a $100 savings bond and contest T-shirt.
Multiple winners were selected in the third and fourth place categories as a result of the unusually high quality of work submitted. All will receive a $50 savings bond and contest T-shirt. Third place winners are: Jeff Andrews, Polson Middle School; Elizabeth Thomson, Lewis & Clark Elementary School, Great Falls; and Josh Barone, Lewis & Clark Elementary School, Great Falls. Fourth place winners are: Jacob Wood, Salmon Prairie School, Swan Lake; and Logan Floren, St. Judes School, Havre.
Honorable Mention went to Colton Justice, Medicine Lake Elementary School.
All winners are fifth graders. Winning entries will be displayed in the front lobbies of Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices:
Helena 5/15 to 5/26 Great Falls 5/30 to 6/16 Missoula 6/19 to 6/30 Kalispell 7/3 to 7/14 Bozeman 7/17 to 7/28 Billings 7/31 to 8/18 Miles City 8/21 to 9/8