SHELTON — Erik David, a 5th grader in Jennifer Mullen’s class at Evergreen Elementary in Shelton, was awarded the grand prize in the recent Forest Festival Field Day billboard contest sponsored by Green Diamond Resource Company and Mason Conservation District. The award included reproduction of David’s artwork into an actual billboard, currently displayed at two sites in the Shelton area. In addition, David won art supplies and art classes as part of his award.

“Our theme this year was ‘Trees Put the Green in Our Economy,’” explained Green Diamond spokesperson Patti Case. “David chose bright colors and created an eye-catching illustration that incorporates products made from trees.”

Elisha Anderson, from Mrs. Farr’s class at Pioneer Elementary, received the People's Choice Award, voted upon by 144 community members at Forest Festival. Honorable mention awards went to Wyatt Jackson from Jody Oblizalo’s class at Mt. View; Angelina Gervacio from Timothy Hall’s class at Mt.View; and Gisell Ruby Nuñez Acosta, from Jennifer Mullen’s class at Evergreen. The students were given certificates highlighting their efforts and art supplies to continue their artistic endeavors.

The billboard competition was created to provide an artistic outlet to demonstrate what students learned during the Forest Festival Field Day outdoor experience, said Case. “Fifth grade students throughout Mason County are invited to come to Forest Festival Field Day,” she explained, “where they learn about forest habitat, reforestation, forest history, logging and other lessons. “Once again this year we are happy to share students’ learning with the entire community, using this billboard competition,” she said.

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