Artwork Will Be Displayed at State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens
Twelve elementary school children were selected as statewide winners in the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest. About 1,500 kindergarten through fifth-grade students from 19 public schools, private schools and homeschool groups participated in the 25th annual conservation art competition, according to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.
Statewide winners in the four grade divisions include:
Division 1: Kindergarten
- First: Kendra Evans, 5, Red Oak Elementary, Stockbridge
- Second: Amelia Brown, 5, Pine Log Elementary, Rydal
- Third: Anniston Scott, 6, St. Joseph Catholic School, Athens
Division 2: First-second grades
- First: Shekinah Glory Ledgister, 8, second grade, Jackson Elementary “School of the Arts,” Jonesboro
- Second: Anna Kate Taylor, 7, first grade, South Effingham Elementary, Guyton
- Third: Rachel Wicker, 7, second grade, St. Joseph Catholic School, Athens
Division 3: Third-fourth grades
- First: Andrew Edwards, 9, third grade, Pike County Elementary, Zebulon
- Second: Jaya Womack, 8, third grade, Jackson Elementary “School of the Arts,” Jonesboro
- Third: Ellie Harman, 9, fourth grade, The Museum School of Avondale Estates, Decatur
Division 4: Fifth grade
- First: Rihan Mammen, 11, The Museum School of Avondale Estates, Decatur
- Second: Winter Gocher, 11, Jackson Elementary “School of the Arts,” Jonesboro
- Third: Caroline Hicks, 11, St. Joseph Catholic School, Athens
Participants entered at the local school level with drawings and paintings depicting their observations of Georgia’s native plants and animals. The 2015 contest theme was “Georgia’s WILD Animals and Plants: A Natural Investment.” To celebrate the silver anniversary and the price reduction of the wildlife license plates to $25 (a major source of nongame funding), students were asked to design a Georgia license plate. Drawings were judged based on aspects such as theme, originality and the quality and impact of the artwork. Top school-level entries proceeded to the state contest at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens.
All winning pieces are showcased on the Wildlife Resources Division’s Flickr site, www.flickr.com/photos/wildliferesourcesdivision (in the “2015 Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest” album).
This artwork also will be on display in the Visitor Center & Conservatory at the State Botanical Garden in Athens from May 5-13, along with other state-level entries.
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is home to a stunning range of collections, displays and trails. Please check the garden’s website (http://botgarden.uga.edu) or call (706) 542-1244 for details on operating hours and directions. The State Botanical Garden is a gift to visitors and residents of the state of Georgia; therefore, parking and admittance are free. If you enjoy the garden, please consider leaving a donation on-site or online.
The Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest is sponsored by the DNR Wildlife Resources Division, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and The Environmental Resources Network Inc., or TERN, friends group of the Wildlife Resources Division’s Nongame Conservation Section. For more information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/PosterContest or contact the Nongame Conservation Section office in Social Circle at (706) 557-3226.
Georgians can support important conservation, recreation and education efforts as well as other programs for Georgia’s nongame wildlife by purchasing a bald eagle or hummingbird license plate or donating directly to the Nongame Conservation Section. This agency receives no state appropriations for its mission to conserve nongame wildlife, native plants and natural habitats.
Learn more at www.georgiawildlife.com/conservation/support.