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Poster Contest Winner is in 5th Grade
Southwest Region, October 6, 2005
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Sevilleta NWR poster contest winner for conservation message - Katie Rinehimer
Sevilleta NWR poster contest winner for conservation message - Katie Rinehimer - Photo Credit: n/a

                    Socorro Fifth Grader Wins Endangered Species Poster Contest

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge sponsored its second annual endangered species poster contest this September. The contest is offered as a component of the Refuge’s Mexican gray wolf education program. Participation in the contest allows teachers to add a visual arts component to their curriculum for a well balanced study unit for their students.

The 2005 contest received over 350 entries from grades Pre-K through 12. Judging by a panel of Refuge staff and volunteers took place at the Refuge on October 6th. Prizes were awarded at the Refuge’s annual open house on October 15th. Forty-two winners were chosen in two categories; artwork, and conservation message. Winners received Mexican gray wolf T-shirts. Best of show award winners also received free passes to the Rio Grande Zoo, which cosponsored the event.

The artwork category was won by Gigi Alvarez, a fifth grader from Socorro. Gigi attends art classes at New Mexico Tech and won for her pastel drawing of a wolf. The conservation message category was won by Katie Rienhimer, a tenth grader from Cedar Crest. Katie attends the East Mountain High School. Her winning message was “What’s right? What’s wrong? Who’s dead? Who’s gone? You decide. Please make your choice a good one!”

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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