First place in the Montana State Parks Poster Contest went to Chris Peck, Lewis & Clark School in Great Falls. The theme for the contest, which is sponsored by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, was "Montana State Parks, A Symbol of Freedom, Hope and Inspiration." It was a challenging theme for the fifth grade artists, but the judges had a difficult time narrowing the entries down to four top winners.
Peck's rendition of Elkhorn State Park illustrated the ways Montana State Parks symbolize freedom, hope and inspiration. The freedom to camp and hike, the inspiring wildlife that abounds and the hope that everyone can always enjoy the natural beauty of Montana's State Parks was brought to life in Peck's bright, colorful poster.
Peck 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 Jeffrey Wigen from Hobson Public School in Hobson. Wigen used the state symbols, local landscape and patriotic images to express the contest’s theme. Wigen will receive a $100 saving bond and T-shirt.
In a tie for third place, Ashley Beatty, from Central Elementary School in Helena and, Ashley Alvalle, of Lewis & Clark School in Great Falls, were both recognized. Ashley Beatty featured wildlife "hidden" in the mountains of Hauser Lake State Park in her illustration and Ashley Alvalle's poster displayed several species of wildlife that can be seen while hiking in Sluice Boxes State Park.
Third place winners each will receive a $50 savings bond and T-shirt. All finalists will receive a T-shirt as well.
Winning entries will be displayed in the front lobbies of Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices:
Helena 5/13 to 5/24
Great Falls 5/28 to 6/14
Missoula 6/17 to 6/28
Kalispell 7/1 to 7/12
Bozeman 7/15 to 7/26
Billings 7/29 to 8/9
Miles City 8/12 to 8/237
Winning posters from past years are showcased on FWP’s web site at fwp.state.mt.us under Parks.