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2019 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
South Dakota Ag Connection - 04/19/2019

Annika Tank of Britton, Grace Eastman of Tyndall, and Emmy Newsam of Murdo are the winning essayists selected from the 998 entries in the 2019 Arbor Day Essay Contest. Sponsored by South Dakota's conservation districts and South Dakota Department of Agriculture, the contest provides fifth and six grade students the opportunity to write about the importance of Arbor Day and tree planting in South Dakota.

For their efforts, the students win awards and cash prizes in addition to learning more about trees. As first place winner, Tank receives a plaque and $125 in cash. Her school, Britton-Hecla Middle School, will receive $150 for the purchase of supplies or equipment. Eastman, the second place winner, receives a plaque and $100 cash while Newsam receives a plaque and $75 for her third place essay. Tank, Eastman, and Newsam will read their essays and receive their prizes during special Arbor Day celebrations in their hometown areas. All students who entered the contest will receive a packet of tree seeds, courtesy of the SD Dept of Agriculture-Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry.

South Dakota celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday in April; in 2019, this is April 26. Nebraska newspaper publisher J. Sterling Morton proposed the very first Arbor Day in 1872. On that first Arbor Day, over one million trees were planted in Nebraska.

The Essay Contest has been held in South Dakota for 42 years.

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