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2019 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PRESS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release: May 2, 2019

Media Contact: Maggie Stensaas 605.773.4073

 

2019 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected

 

PIERRE, S.D. - Annika Tank of Britton, Grace Eastman of Tyndall, and Emmy Newsam of Murdo are the winning essayists, selected from the 998 entries, in the 2019 Arbor Day Essay Contest. Sponsored by South Dakota’s conservation districts and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA), the contest provides fifth and six grade students the opportunity to write about the importance of Arbor Day and tree planting in South Dakota.

 

In addition to learning more about trees, the students win awards and cash prizes for their efforts. As the first place winner, Tank receives a plaque and $125 in cash. Her school, Britton-Hecla Middle School, will receive $150 for the purchase of supplies or equipment. Eastman, the second place winner, receives a plaque and $100 cash and Newsam receives a plaque and $75 for her third place essay.

 

Tank, Eastman, and Newsam will read their essays and receive their prizes during special Arbor Day celebrations in their hometown areas. All students who entered the contest will receive a packet of tree seeds, courtesy of the SDDA Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry.

 

For more information on this contest and to read the winning essays, please visit the SDDA’s website at http://sdda.sd.gov/conservation-forestry/educational-programs/arbor-day-essay-contest/

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

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