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Fifth-grade students win essay contest

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COLFAX — Each year, the Colfax Garden Club celebrates the upcoming arrival of spring by sponsoring an Arbor Day Essay Contest. This year, 32 students from the fifth-grade classes of teachers Wilson, Tabatt, and Dearduff submitted essays on “How Do Trees Help the Environment?”

The first-place winner is Hokulani Howard. Two second-place winners are Anna Dearwester and Naomi Wyant. Two third-place winners are: Austin Wixon and Owen Laferrie. Three fourth-place winners are: James Lunette, Sophie Sunding and Brynn Workman.

The contest winners and their parents were recognized at a luncheon hosted by the Colfax Garden Club at the Pizza Factory on March 14. A short program was given by Scott Herold of Famous Trees. The students read their essays to their parents and garden club members.

Following lunch the students planted an Eddie’s Dogwood in downtown Colfax.

This is the 35th year that the Colfax Garden Club has sponsored the contest, initiated by former president Gertrude Paul. Many of the trees in downtown Colfax were planted by fifth-graders.
Caroline Hickson is Colfax Garden Club Arbor Day chair.