The Edmond Sun

Education

May 18, 2012

Edmond, Guthrie students win prizes in zoo art contest

OKLA. CITY — The Oklahoma City Zoo recently announced the winners of this year’s Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest. The statewide contest ran Feb. 22 through March 31, and a total of 1,076 entries were received from students from 54 schools’ kindergarten through 12th-grade classes.

This year’s contest theme, The Zoo + YOU = Conservation!, was chosen to promote awareness of the zoo’s dedication to the preservation of the Earth’s natural resources through conservation, education, awareness and scientific research.

These projects are helping animals such as lesser prairie chickens, Sumatran tigers and orangutans, Asian and African elephants, horned lizards, rhinoceros and western l owland gorillas, and their native homes. Students were encouraged to illustrate ideas they have for helping the zoo save wildlife and wild places.

Local winners include:

• Grand Prize (K-5): Adhya Kumar, Edmond, Ms. Lyle’s class, Centennial Elementary School. Grand Prize recipients will receive a $500 savings bond courtesy of First Security Bank and their artwork will be displayed as the cover design on a Dr. Pepper vending machine on zoo grounds for a year.

• First Place: Gina Porter, Guthrie, Ms. Baker’s class, Guthrie High School. Gina will receive a $50 zoo gift card and her poster will be on display at the zoo.

• Zoo Director’s Honor Roll Awards: “Conservation Commendation,” Jenny Snyder, Edmond, Ms. Dean’s class, Deer Creek High School; “Green Master,” Misha Friend, Guthrie, Ms. Baker’s class, Guthrie High School.

Each Honor Roll award winner will receive a certificate and their poster will be displayed at the zoo.

To learn more about the zoo, call 424-3344 or visit okczoo.com.

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