MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN ANNOUNCES STUDENT WINNERS OF 2011-2012 power of plants contest The fourth annual contest challenged groups of two to five students in kindergarten through 12th grades to select one plant that does great things for people and tell its story
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OF 2011-2012 ‘POWER OF PLANTS’ CONTEST
(ST. LOUIS): The Missouri Botanical Garden has announced the winners of the 2011-2012 “Power of Plants” student contest. The fourth annual contest challenged groups of two to five students in kindergarten through 12th grades to select one plant that does great things for people and tell its story through an informative and creative physical or digital creation.
“The entries this year were very competitive due to the collaboration the contest encourages,” said contest coordinator Dustin Hermann of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Education Division. “It’s clear the students were able to not only gain an appreciation and deeper understanding of plants and the natural world, but do so collaboratively with peers.”
In the early elementary age bracket (kindergarten through second grade), Caroline Keefe, Autumn Ramey, Reece Ward, Jacob Whitworth and Holly Repp from Immaculate Conception School in Columbia, Ill. won the physical category for their magazine-style pamphlet about mint. Jozlin and Aria Schmidt from Living Faith Christian Academy in south St. Louis, Mo. received an honorable mention for their butterfly weed project.
Jahtega Djukpen and Jahminneh Djukpen from Goshen Elementary in Glen Carbon, Ill. were winners in the digital category for their short PowerPoint presentation highlighting the many uses of oak.
In the upper elementary age bracket (third through fifth grades), Jan Kasal, Anna Larson and Irmak Karasinir from Forsyth School in Clayton, Mo. won the physical category for their project on the savanna blazing star—a dazzling diorama with pressed flowers. Honorable mention went to Anna Adams, Kalia Kerkatis, Emily Gillan and Marie Prindville from Immaculate Conception School in Columbia, Ill. for their encased beach scene featuring the açaí palm tree.
Isabella Frasure and Noble Faris, also from Immaculate Conception School in Columbia, Ill., won the digital category for their blueberry project which featured a PowerPoint presentation with hand-drawn pictures, an mp3 of blues music and a recipe for blueberry pie. Honorable mention went to Ireland Keen, Abby Herzing and Emiley Fritz from St. Teresa Catholic School in Belleville, Ill. for their presentation featuring the life cycle of the green bean.
In the middle school age bracket (sixth through eighth grades), Andrew Simily, Caleb Ley, Jamie Hayden and Ryan Eckelkamp from St. John the Baptist – Gildehaus in Villa Ridge, Mo. won the physical category for their work on the common cattail—an informative stand-up display with life-like cattails. Honorable mention went to Rebecca Smith and Grace Fletcher, also from St. John the Baptist – Gildehaus in Villa Ridge, Mo., for their diorama of the coneflower.
Daniel Berkovich and Miles Sanders from Parkway Central Middle School in Chesterfield, Mo. won the digital category for their informative and vivid PowerPoint about the prickly pear cactus. Caroline Siemers, Caroline Moorehouse, Paige Hoffmann and Olivia Hewitt from Visitation Academy in Town and Country, Mo. took home honorable mention for their presentation featuring the history of peppermint and its uses in food.
In the high school age bracket (ninth through 12th grades), Abby Froidl