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WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Glacier National Park and the Glacier National Park Conservancy announce the winners of the recent annual park pass artwork contest.
Eileen Crusta, a 10th grade homeschool student, submitted the winning entry. Her image of Bowman Lake and wildlife will be on the 2015 Glacier National Park Annual Park Pass. This pass will be available in January 2015, and approximately 14,000 passes will be issued during the year.
The art contest was open to students in grades 6-12. The purpose of the contest is to improve stewardship and understanding of cultural and natural resources in the park. The focus of this year's contest was colorful artwork depicting natural resources protected and preserved in the park.
Ryan Kelly, seventh grade student at St. Matthews School, and Ryann Thomas, sixth grade student at C.R. Anderson Middle School, were recognized for second and third place respectively. All three winners will receive a gift certificate from the Glacier Conservancy that can be redeemed at any Glacier National Park Conservancy sales outlet or their online store.
Mark Preiss, Glacier National Park Conservancy President and CEO, said, "This art contest is a great way for students to connect with Glacier and showcase their artistic talents." He added, "We received dozens of submissions, each reflecting different interpretations of why Glacier matters and what it offers to each of us every day."
The winning artwork will be available to view on the park's website, www.nps.gov/glac by clicking on the "For Kids" section.
The Glacier National Park Conservancy is an official partner of Glacier National Park. The Conservancy's goal is to generate financial support for the park through private fundraising and philanthropic activities, and operation of the bookstores within Glacier National Park.