The local Arbor Day Committee has announced the winners of an art contest to design a button for Arbor Day distribution. Marina Thaxton, a junior at Coeur d’Alene High School, designed the winning artwork. The second place winner is Payton Nielsen, and placing third is Kayla Cahoon, both of Coeur d’Alene High School.
Marina Thaxton’s art will be featured on a button that will be distributed along with tree seedlings to 1,800 Kootenai County fourth grade students the week of April 23rd – 27th. Buttons will also be available to the public at various local Arbor Day events.
The annual button art contest is open to middle school and high school students who live within the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Lakeland school districts. The local Arbor Day Committee narrowed over 100 pieces of submitted artwork down to six finalists. The final judging was then done by the real experts – fourth grade students. As the winner, Marina will receive a check for $75, a tee-shirt featuring her artwork, and a supply of Arbor Day buttons to give to family and friends.
As the second place winner, Payton Nielsen will receive a check for $50 and buttons made from her art work. The third place winner, Kayla Cahoon, will receive $25 and buttons. The other artists that made it to the finals will also receive buttons featuring their own artwork. They are Cori Haney of Coeur d’Alene High School, and Grace Olson and Carley Fortier of the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy. Meghan Selle will be recognized as the third place finisher from the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners at the Coeur d’Alene Arbor Day Celebration on April 28. The celebration starts at 11:00 a.m. at North Pines Park. The winning art will also be featured on cable channel CDA-TV (channel 19) in April and May.
Arbor Day is a tree-planting holiday celebrated both nationally and internationally. Idaho’s Arbor Day is the last Friday in April – April 27th this year. The local Arbor Day Committee that sponsors the Button Art contest consists of representatives from federal, state, and city governments as well as several local service organizations. The Arbor Day seedlings and buttons that are distributed are purchased with donations from local forest products companies, nurseries, and tree services. Community volunteers individually package and tag the trees. For more information, please contact Karen Haskew, 769-2266 or John Schwandt, U.S. Forest Service, 765-7415.