Las Vegas student wins Arbor Day poster contest

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb.–Aria Rose Claspill, a fifth-grade homeschooled student from Las Vegas, is the Nevada state winner in the 2008 Arbor Day National Poster Contest.

The Arbor Day National Poster Contest is open to all fifth-grade students in states with a designated coordinator. It has been held since 1992 to help promote the importance of Arbor Day and tree planting, as well as to educate children about the importance of trees and the benefits they provide in our daily lives. This year’s competition was based on the theme, “Trees are Terrific … Inside and Out!” Fifth-grade students from 47 states and the District of Columbia participated nationally this year.

Claspill was selected the Nevada state winner by a panel of artists. By winning the Nevada state poster contest, she will receive $50, a state winner ribbon, copies of her winning poster and various other gifts. The Nevada state poster contest is sponsored by the Nevada Shade Tree Council, the Nevada Division of Forestry and the Arbor Day Foundation.

Claspill will receive her award on Wednesday, April 30, at Southern Hills Baptist Church during a youth event.

The three other regional winners in Nevada were: Carissa Swan of Gardnerville Elementary School in Gardnerville; Ahida Garrafa of the Ann T. Lynch Elementary School in Las Vegas; and Ashley Smith of West Wendover Elementary School in West Wendover.

Michelle Holiman, a fifth-grade student from Stilwell, Okla., was the national winner for the 2008 Arbor Day National Poster Contest.

The national competition is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota. The Arbor Day Foundation, with nearly 1 million members, is a nonprofit conservation and educational organization, and is dedicated to inspiring people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information can be found at arborday.org.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.

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