The Buena View Federated Garden Club of Storm Lake, in conjunction with the State and National Garden Clubs, Inc., and the USDA Forest Service invited grades one through five to participate in the 2004 Smokey The Bear Poster Contest to celebrate the 60th birthday of Smokey the Bear. The birthday theme was, "Sixty Years of Vigilance." Posters were to be bold and simple in design and the message easily understood in both the picture and the slogan. The 52 poster participants this year came from Concordia School and St. Mary's School.
The Smokey the Bear Poster Committee, consisting of Audrey Miller, Chairman; Ada Marie Roberts; Lois Stahl; and JoAnn Olsen, are proud to announce the winners of the local contest. Each winner received a certificate of award.
Concordia first grade winners were: first place, Michael Redenbaugh; second place, David Tucker.
Other participants were Danny Cipperton, Grace Dierenfield, Tristan Peterson, Jacob Luettke, Karla Peterson, David Klassen, Jenna Sandgren and Katelyn Cardaugh.
Concordia second grade winners were: first place, Mitchell Martin.
Other participants were Brynna Baumhover, Kaj Olsen, Tanner Blake Hoops and Charlie Robbins.
St. Mary's fifth grade winners were: Thomas Somphanthabansouk; and Haley Miller, second place.
Other participants were Lincoln Wells, Alex Weaver, Daniel Paz, Josh Weber, Jacob Larson, Iwa Chanthauong, Thomas Cullen and David Pederson.
St. Mary's third grade winners were: Alex Larson, first place; and Marco Barroso. Honorable mention for originality went to Molly Lamoureux.
Other participants in the class were Sam Hyde, Joe Sandhoff, Mandy Wolver, Casey Larson, Halie Larsen, Paige Carlson, Mary Rose Timko, Madison Laven, Kennedy Drey, Holly Keenan, Arturo Castro, Josh Scuffam, Dillan Smith, Wendy Broich, Danny Pedersen, Lucas Lenhart, Scott Meth, Blake Widman, Christian Morales, Jesus Rojo, Chris Rebnord, Ashley Lullman, Danielle Dawson and Brooke Bunkers.
The entry posters are to encourage children to take a personal role in preventing fires and conserving natural resources. The original Smokey the Bear appeared in 1941. All entries become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned. The posters may be used national educational materials and outreach.