(Pierre) --- Fallon Pedersen, a fifth grade student at Hamlin Education Center in Hayti, is the winner of the 2013 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest.
Fallon's first place poster was selected for its interpretation of the contest theme "Trees Are Terrific...In Cities and Towns!." Fallon will receive a $100 cash prize and a certificate of achievement.
Fallon's teacher, Shannon Symens, will receive $100 for the purchase of educational supplies. Tip Reiman of Sturgis Elementary was selected as the second place winner. Tip will receive a $75 cash prize and a certificate of achievement. The third place winner, Erika Laducer of OM Tiffany Elementary in Aberdeen, will receive a certificate of achievement and a $50 cash prize.
The top 12 posters will be featured in the 2014 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest Calendar.
The annual Arbor Day Poster Contest is designed to help promote the importance of Arbor Day and tree planting. The contest is open to all South Dakota fifth graders. The Department of Agriculture, Division of Resource Conservation & Forestry, the South Dakota Society of American Foresters, and the South Dakota Arborists Association sponsor the state contest.