Max Warnock, a homeschooled fifth grader from Fort Collins has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest. Max’s poster, which depicts the importance of trees and how they benefit our community, will be on display at the State Capitol from April 18th to April 24th, along with the posters of the other fifty-three state finalists. A panel of judges from the Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) selected the winning poster from entries submitted by fifth graders throughout Colorado. The significance of this year’s contest theme, Celebrate Trees in Our Community, was not lost on Max, who drew trees in a park-like setting near a swing set.
Max was recognized yesterday, Monday, April 22nd at 9:00 AM in a presentation near the display of the state finalists’ posters in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. Additionally, Max was recognized by State Representatives Randy Fischer and Joann Ginal in front of the State House Assembly and by Senator John Kefalas in the Senate Chambers. In attendance was Max’s parents, Andrew and Krista, Megan Ford from Arborscape Services, Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) Community Forestry Program Manager Keith Wood, CSFS State District Forester Donna Davis, Colorado Tree Coalition Committee Member Michael McGill, Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest Coordinator Kyle Sylvester, and Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest Committee Member Doug Schoch.
The Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest is sponsored by Arborscape Services, the Colorado Tree Coalition, and the Colorado State Forest Service.
A poster submitted by Danaan Roush of Denver’s Cory Elementary received second place at the state judging.