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Nine young artists took home awards at a ceremony hosted during the LO Farmers' Market kickoff last Saturday

2019 LO Arbor Day Art Contest

Throughout the month of April, the City of Lake Oswego hosted an Arbor Day Art Contest for local students to celebrate the Douglas fir, Oregon's state tree and an iconic symbol of the community. Participants were challenged to draw, color, paint or create a collage representing this native species of tree — from its needles and cones to individual trees and groves, as tiny seedlings or majestic giants providing food and cover for animals. In all, 112 entries were received and displayed at the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course. Entries were judged based on creativity and overall design based on the theme. Winners were selected in three divisions: K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade and 6th-8th grade. Each winner received their art in a frame, a tree seedling and a prize pack full of fun items to explore the urban forest. The three first place winners also receive admission tickets to the World Forestry Center Discovery Museum. Six of the nine winners were able to attend the celebration last weekend at the Lake Oswego Farmers' Market which included a presentation by the City's contract arborist, Morgan Holen, and prizes handed out by Mayor Kent Studebaker.

This year's contest winners are:

K-2nd Grade Division:

— First place — Liam Dela Cruz, Kindergarten, Hallinan Elementary: Liam painted a grove of Douglas firs on a sunny day and titled his piece, "Look Up to the Trees".

— Second place — Jimin Byun, 2nd grade, Forest Hills Elementary: Jimin used watercolors and mixed-media to create a work of art featuring deer, a squirrel, fox and blue bird around a giant Douglas fir.

—Third place — Ella Reigle, 1st grade, Oak Creek Elementary: Ella's Douglas fir dominates the landscape in her prize-winning piece.

3rd-5th Grade Division:

— First place — Eva Howe, 5th grade, Hallinan Elementary: Eva's entry featured the City's Historic Peg, one of the City's 38 Heritage Trees and a State Heritage Tree. Early settlers in the "old town" area of Lake Oswego used this giant Douglas fir as their lantern post by hanging a lantern on a peg driven into the side of the tree to conduct town meetings.

— Second place — Isabella Woods, 5th grade, River Grove Elementary: Isabella's prize-winning entry included the shadow of a Douglas fir and wildlife.

—Third place — Ta Ohr, 5th grade, Hallinan Elementary: Ta drew a Douglas fir with fine detail including trunk taper, old branch stubs, branches, twigs and needles.

6th-8th Grade Division:

— First place — Sophie Feng, 7th grade, Lake Oswego Junior High: Sophie's work of art is an oil painting of Douglas-firs surrounding the play area at George Rogers Park with children playing on a beautiful day.

— Second place — Abby Anderson, 6th grade, Lakeridge High: Abby not only included Oregon's state tree, but also our state mammal and a remarkable rendition of the iron furnace.

—Third place — Morgan Brown, 8th grade, Lake Oswego Junior High: Morgan's entry featured a unique perspective looking up into the tree crown.

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