Arbor Day Essay & Art Winners

The USDA Forest Service and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Beautification and Tree Committee announced the winners of the “What Trees Mean to America” Essay and Art Contest at Arbor Day festivities on February 17 at the Northeast Georgia History Center.

Essay winners: 1st place, Sally Justus, West Hall Middle; 2nd place, Brooke Peck, North Hall Middle; 3rd place, Ava Voss, North Hall Middle.

Art winners: 1st place, Matt Morris, Lakeview Academy; 2nd place, Miguel de Armas, Lakeview Academy; 3rd place, Morgan Smith, North Hall Middle.

The contest was open to all 7th graders in public, private and home schools in Gainesville and Hall County. The winning artwork is on display at the Quinlan Art Center through February 28, 2006.

Bob Hamrick, Mayor pro tem of Gainesville and Tom Oliver, Chairman of the Hall County Commission, led the Arbor Day Ceremony and read the Arbor Day Proclamations and accepted the Tree City and Growth Awards. The owners and nominators of Gainesville and Hall County’s big tree search were also recognized at the ceremony.

ATTACHED PHOTO CAPTION: “What Trees Mean to America” Essay and Art Contest Winners (L to R): Francisco Miguel de Armas, second place essay winner; Matt Morris, first place art winner; Sally Justus, first place essay; Morgan Smith, third place art; Brooke Peck, second place art; front, Ava Voss, thrid place essay winner.

For more information on the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee, call Robin Halstead, 770-532-6206.