Thursday, October 30, 2014

City honors Arbor Day poster winners, plans tree planting

By The Herald Staff | 4/4/2014

The City of Ottawa plans to recognize Arbor Day by planting a tree 8 a.m. April 25 at Sacred Heart School, 426 S. Cedar St., Ottawa.

And Sacred Heart has fifth-grader Monica Vrbas to thank for that honor. Vrbas was the overall winner of the Ottawa Tree Advisory Board’s annual Arbor Day Poster Contest, open to all fifth-graders in the community. Each year, the city plants a tree on Arbor Day at the overall winner’s school.

The City of Ottawa plans to recognize Arbor Day by planting a tree 8 a.m. April 25 at Sacred Heart School, 426 S. Cedar St., Ottawa.

And Sacred Heart has fifth-grader Monica Vrbas to thank for that honor. Vrbas was the overall winner of the Ottawa Tree Advisory Board’s annual Arbor Day Poster Contest, open to all fifth-graders in the community. Each year, the city plants a tree on Arbor Day at the overall winner’s school.

The tree board announced the contest’s winners Wednesday night during the city commission meeting. Five school winners were selected from the more than 150 fifth-graders who submitted posters. Those winners were:

• Dean Harris, son of Karen Harris. Harris is a student in Donita Callihan’s class at Bethel Christian Academy.

• Mailey Luna, daughter of Sandra Luna. Luna is a student in Diedre Altic’s class at Eugene Field Elementary School.

• Noah Geschwenter, son of Patrick and Wendy Geschwenter. Geschwenter is a student in Kelli Campbell’s class at Garfield Elementary School.

• Monica Vrbas, daughter of Rick and Sandy Vrbas. Vrbas is a student in Patrice People’s class at Sacred Heart.

• Jack Evans, son of Carrie Hilgert. Evans is a student in Kelly Sullivan’s class at Lincoln Elementary School.

This year, 156 Ottawa students, representing 11 teachers’ classes, participated in the poster contest, according to a tree board news release.

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