DEP Announces Leon County Earth Day Poster Contest Winners

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DEP Announces Leon County 
Earth Day Poster Contest Winners

~Posters represent the importance of protecting Florida’s beautiful natural environment~

Leon County Poster Contest

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In celebration of Earth Day, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northwest District invited Leon County fourth- through eighth-grade students to creatively illustrate the importance of safeguarding Florida’s natural resources and enhancing its ecosystems.

“I am proud to announce winners of the 2018 Earth Day Poster Contest for Leon County," said DEP’s Northwest District Director Shawn Hamilton. “These artists did a fantastic job of capturing so many ways we can protect our environment. It is reassuring to see that Florida’s students are learning so much about protecting our environment. We were excited to see over 100 poster submissions come in for the contest.”

Congratulations to the winners:
Elementary School
  First Place (tie) – Darla Sainsbury
  First Place (tie) – Raymond Jonas
  Second Place – Kelsey Mills

Middle School
  First Place – Kendall Bodner (Kendall also won first place last year for 
  middle-school students in Leon County!)
  Second Place – Sarah Hunt
  Third Place – Gemma Garcia

The posters were judged on how well they portrayed an Earth Day message, artistic merit, originality and neatness. The winning posters can be viewed on the department’s Facebook page

This is the fourth year the DEP Northwest District has organized the Earth Day Poster Contest for students in Santa Rosa, Escambia, Bay and Leon counties.