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Arbor artists turn in an unbeLEAFable performance


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Art contests winners were, from the left, Honor Joslin, Mahdy Muratov, Memphis Gray and Megan Tian.The Annual Lake Oswego Arbor Day Art Contest drew an outpouring of students who love art and trees.

In fact, it was so big that for the first time the event was divided into two contests.

For the third consecutive year, Frog Pond Toys sponsored the art contest for children from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. For the first time the City of Lake Oswego Planning Department teamed up with staff members of the Parks and Recreation Department Teen Lounge to have a poster contest for students from the sixth through the 12th grades.

Winners in the pre-K to second-grade category were Mahdy Muratov, second grade, Forest Hills Elementary, first place; Megan Tian, second grade, Lake Grove Elementary, second place; Memphis Gray, kindergarten, Forest Hills Elementary School, third place. There were 58 entries.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Poster contest winners were, from the left, Delaney Talovic, Eva Tipton and  grand prize winner Peyton Poitras.

Winners in the third- to fifth-grade category were fifth-grader Melanie Wu, first place; fifth-grader Taylor Aldrich, second place; Honor Joslin, fourth grade, River Grove Elementary, third place. There were 62 entries.

Peyton Poitras, a sixth-grader, took the grand prize in the sixth- to 12th-grade category. She won an Amazon.com gift certificate and her poster will be used to promote urban and community forestry events throughout the year. Runners-up were sixth-grader Eva Tipton and eighth-grader Delaney Talovic. All three winners are students at Lake Oswego Junior High School. There were 39 entries in all.

Both contests ran throughout April and focused on creating works of art to celebrate Lake Oswego’s 25th year as Tree City USA.

Contest winners were announced and prizes were awarded on May 6 at city hall. Winning entries are now on display at Lake Oswego City Hall, and all entries can be viewed on the Planning Department website, at oswego.or.us/planning/urban-community-forestry-s-programs-events-2014.

As contest director Morgan Holen said, “All of the entries were unbeLEAFable.”