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Art and Essay Contest Winners Announced

colorful landscape drawing with petrified wood, the sun, and rolling badland hills
1st place in Art, Lauren Phillips, Grade 4, Hulet Elementary
Photo by Marge Post/NPS

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Date: December 1, 2006
Contact: Marge Post, (928) 524-6228 ext.264

Art and Essay Contest Winners Announced

Petrified Forest, AZ -- Congratulations to the winners of the first annual Art and Essay Contest at Petrified Forest National Park. Over fifty entries were received from Grades 3 and 4 at Hulet Elementary and Grade 5 at Hopi Day School.

ART (Grades 3-5)
1st place: Lauren Phillips, Grade 4, Hulet Elementary
2nd place: Ashley Attakai, Grade 4, Hulet Elementary
Honorable Mentions: Sheryce Renee Wadsworth, Grade 5, Hopi Day School and Megan Dixson, Grade 4, Hulet Elementary

ESSAY (Grades 3-5)
1st place: Andrea Lomayaktewa, Grade 5, Hopi Day School
2nd place: Demi Phaturos, Grade 4, Hulet Elementary
Honorable Mentions: Allie Arguelles, Grade 4, Hulet Elementary and Midaya Wyne Nez, Grade 4, Hulet Elementary

The 1st and 2nd place winners will receive, respectively, $50 and $25 Petrified Forest Museum Association gift certificates. Because it was such a close contest, Honorable Mentions will also be awarded a prize!

Special thanks to the teachers who encouraged their students to submit an entry: Mrs. Sue Wischmann, Mrs. Julie Wiessner, and Mrs. Esther Stant from Hulet and Mr. Crujido from Hopi Day School.

All contestants and their families, and the teachers mentioned above, are invited to attend a reception in their honor at Painted Desert Inn from 10:00–11:00am on Saturday, December 9. Awards will be presented and refreshments served. The public is also invited to attend!

The Art and Essay Contest was held as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations at Petrified Forest National Park. Designated a national monument on December 8, 1906 and upgraded to national park on December 9, 1962, the park celebrates 100 years of protection in 2006. All artwork and essays submitted for the contest will be on display at Painted Desert Inn through the month of December.

For more information call (928) 524-6228 weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park. 

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