HES 4th-grader wins state Arbor Day poster contest

Malorie Hein with her poster, titled "Tree are Terrific in Kansas Cities and Towns."  Photo by Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

Malorie Hein, a fourth-grader at Hillsboro Elementary School, was informed Monday that her poster, titled ?Trees Are Terrific in Kansas Cities and Towns,? was named the state winner in the annual Kansas Arbor Day Poster Contest. ?The creativity of her poster, along with it being so well done, caught the eye of the selection committee,? said Kim Bomberger, contest coordinator. ?Several commented on how she drew the tree canopy and the variety of elements that were included in it and throughout the poster.? Malorie, daughter of Kerry and Rachel Hein, said her first reaction to the news was, ?Yea, I?won??I?m so excited.? Malorie said she chose her theme after looking online for ideas. ?We liked the idea of leaves, so we kind of did the leaves and the things that they?re good for.? Malorie?s poster initially won the district contest, then was entered in the state contest along with winners from the other five districts in Kansas. As the state winner among some 1,000 initial entrants, Malorie and her family are invited to attend Tree City USA Recognition Day in Topeka March 26. The schedule will include educational programs in the morning followed by an awards luncheon at noon. Malorie is the second HES student in three years to win the state contest. Callie Arnold?s poster was selected in 2013.

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