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Congratulations to the elementary school students who participated in the Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest
By Student Reporter Priyanka Phaniraj

Germantown, Tennessee--February, 26, 2021--From the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl are two representations showing the importance of preserving the environment. As Smokey Bear symbolizes America’s icon for Wildfire Prevention, Woodsy Owl encourages the public to “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute!” 
 
USDA’s Forest Service conducts a poster contest for students each year to promote the participation in local garden clubs and education regarding wildfires and conservation. This year, the Germantown Garden Club announces the grade level winners of the Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest. Within the 6 clubs that competed, 1498 students in from 10 schools/ youth organizations created 117 posters in total for judging. Congratulations to the following individuals representing GMSD’s exceptional artistic abilities.
 
 
Local Grade Level Winners:
 
First Grade:   2nd Place-Elsa Phipps
Third Grade: 1st Place-Rye Gillespie
                       2nd Place-Saira Qazi
 Fourth Grade:  2nd Place-Ashlyn Baker
                         3rd Place-Raina Hunt
                         HM-Emma Evans
                         HM-Emily Davis
 Fifth Grade: 1st Place-Kate Phipps
                     2nd Place-Jaelyn Anne Gonsowski
 
State Level Winners:
 
5th Grade: 
  • 1st Place: Katie Phan, Farmington Elementary
  • 3rd Place: Katie Phipps: Forest Hill Elementary School
4th Grade: 
  • 2nd: Christian McLain, Farmington Elementary
  • 3rd Grade: 1st: Gwendy Hankins, Farmington Elementary
3rd Grade: 
  • 2nd Place: Rye Gillespie, Forest Hill Elementary
1st Grade:
  • 1st: Jake Allen, Farmington Elementary