Friday, April 18, 2003
First place in the Montana State Parks Poster Contest went to Lauren Babb, Lewis & Clark School in Great Falls. The theme for this year’s contest was: “The State Park I Would Most Like To Visit With My Family Is…”
Babb’s vivid rendition of Greycliff Prairie Dog Town captures the playfulness of the prairie dogs, and is trimmed by a bright red border.
Babb will receive a $150 savings bond and a tee shirt with her artwork screened on the front. Lewis and Clark School will receive a State Park video and books valued at $50 for the school library.
Second place recognition went to both Catherine Gray of Sacred Heart Homeschool in Helena and Braxton KuKay from Lewis & Clark School in Great Falls. Gray’s poster of Lake Mary Ronan State Park portrays a daydream of all the fun activities available at the Park. The artwork is as precise and detailed as a mechanical drawing.
KuKay chose to portray his poster with the theme “Be a Cool Family In the Lewis and Clark Caverns.” He produced a highly creative, detailed drawing of a family enjoying the underground scenery of the Caverns.
Second place winners will receive $100 savings bonds and tee shirts.
Third place went to Shelby Strang also from Lewis & Clark School in Great Falls. Strang chose to draw Ulm Pishkun State Park in the past, with buffalo roaming the prairies and tepees in the background. Her style is very clean and uncluttered, resulting in a powerful portrayal of the park.
Strang will receive a $50 savings bond and a tee shirt. All of the contest finalists will also receive a tee shirt.
This year fifth graders could also take a "virtual" Internet tour of Montana's 42 State Parks at fwp.state.mt.us to help them prepare for the contest. Those who achieved a score of 100 percent on the quiz at the end of the “virtual” tour were automatically entered into a drawing for State Parks coupons, a tee shirt and other prizes. Tanner Lunn from Our Lady Of Lourdes School in Great Falls won the random drawing.
Winning entries will be displayed in the front lobbies of Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices over the next four months:
Great Falls 5/27-6/13
Missoula 6/16 to 7/11
Bozeman 7/14 to 7/25
Billings 7/28 to 8/15
Miles City 8/18 to 8/29
FWP State Parks personnel said the young artists who participated in this contest all deserve recognition for their creative work and interest in Montana’s State Parks.Winning posters from past years are showcased on FWP’s web site at fwp.state.mt.us under State Parks and then Hot Topics.