The Westlake Tree Commission held its third Arbor Day poster contest, awarding six Dover Intermediate School fifth-grade students with ribbons for their posters and essays about “Why trees are important to the City of Westlake.”
The six winning entries came from Olivia Kneisly, Sophia Needham, Kendall Reis, Brooke Burich, Mia Iditoiu and M.E. Hargett. These students received rosette ribbons from the city Tree Commission and were honored with a Proclamation from Mayor Dennis Clough proclaiming their day in Westlake.
All students who submitted a poster were invited to participate in this year’s Arbor Day ceremony on April 24. An elm tree was planted in front of the school and students placed shovelfuls of dirt around the tree. The tree is expected to grow more than 50 feet tall.
Students illustrated their posters in many ways to show the importance of trees and why they should be preserved and protected in Westlake. The posters were judged by Tree Commission members Mary Beth Schneidler, Margie Rossander, John Walz, Diane Morris, Westlake City Forestry Manager Stan Barnard, City Service Director Paul Quinn III and Regina McCarthy, president of the Westlake Garden Club. All of the posters are on display at the Westlake Recreation Center.
The poster contest and tree planning are components of Westlake’s designation as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, which requires the city to meet criteria to ensure the preservation and protection of trees, as well as observing Arbor Day celebrations for the community. Westlake has earned the Tree City USA designation for 24 years.