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Congratulations to Sarah Werner, winner of the 2017 NYS Arbor Day poster contest

on April 3, 2017

Contest winner poses with her poster.

The artwork of Sarah Werner, a fifth-grader at Warwick Valley Middle School, has been selected as the official New York State 2017 Arbor Day poster, after winning the state-wide contest sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Town of Warwick Tree Commission.

Sarah was honored at the state capital on Wed., March 29, as part of the state’s Arbor Day celebrations. Sarah will also receive the honor of having her artwork replicated as the NYS Arbor Day Bookmark, which will be distributed to schools and libraries all over the state.

Eleven other Warwick fifth-graders submitted artwork to this year’s contest under the theme, “Defend our Forests.” They are Kelly Nevins, Lillian Dolson, Madison Salisbury, Ava DuQuella, Rocco Manno, Ashlyn Famin, Isabel Coppola, Erin Smith, Kira Minogue, Alexzendria Rosario and Erica King. All student posters will be on display at the Warwick Town Hall throughout the month of April.   

Poster contest participants pose holding the "Tree City USA" flag during a reception at Town Hall.

At the Arbor Day Town Hall reception, WVMS teacher Patricia O’Connor (left) and contest participants were joined by by Bill Roe, parks superintendent, and Karen Emmerich (right), a member of the Tree Commission.

This was the third year Warwick’s fifth-graders participated in the Arbor Day poster contest. Approximately 2,000 students from around the state participate each year. Each school chooses a winning poster to enter the Hudson Valley Regional Competition. Nine regional winners advance to the state competition.  

The Warwick Valley Central School District joins the Town of Warwick Tree Commission in thanking and congratulating all our participating students. You have made us proud!

Student Sarah Werner poses with her school principal displaying her winning artwork.

Middle School Principal, Lisamarie Spindler, congratulated Sarah Werner on behalf of the school community.



























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