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  To celebrate Arbor Day, the Idaho Forest Products Commission sponsored a photo contest. The competition was open to all Idaho students in 5th - 12th grades. Students were asked to show us what they see when they Look To The Forest. In addition to the photo, students provided a statement sharing their vision of how their photo relates to the contest theme, Look to the Forest. These are the results for 2015!




Michaela Johnson
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
& WINNER GRADES 9-12

Caption: Feuille
Student: Michaela Johnson
School: Victory Charter School, Nampa
Teacher: Tawny Olsen
Statement:
Idaho's forests are beautiful when viewed from a large perspective, but I believe it's the small details that make them truly enchanting. For this reason, I decided to make the most intricate details, the veins of this leaf, the central focus.



Helen Kilgo
WINNER GRADES 5-6

Caption: Nature's Living Paper
Student: Helen Kilgo
School: Sage International School
Teacher: Mimi Newstadt
Statement: The forest is full of many kinds of trees. This Birch tree's bark really stood out to me because it is full of beautiful colors and designs. I took this photo just outside of my school. In Idaho you can find trees everywhere. Trees provide beauty, life, and much more.

Taylor Lyle
WINNER GRADES 7-8

Caption: Ground Floor Decorations
Student: Taylor Lyle
School: East Junior High School, Boise
Teacher: Jeannine Hall
Statement: This piece of art is as delicate as the air you breath. Its natures way of having there own party.

HONORABLE MENTIONS


GRADES 5-6
Julia Erway

Caption: An Entanglement of Branches
Student: Julia Erway
Grade: 5
School: Homeschool, Boise
Teacher: Jeannie Erway
Statement: When I saw this massive tree, I knew I had to take a picture of it. After studying it a while, I realized that the only way to capture it perfectly was to go under the tree, aim my camera up, and take a picture of the entanglement of branches.
Julia Erway

Caption: Beautiful Pine Cones
Student: Julia Erway
Grade: 5
School: Homeschool, Boise
Teacher: Jeannie Erway
Statement: I think that the most beautiful part of a tree is the pine cones. I was walking around my neighborhood, when I spotted two pine cones that appeared to be white! When your looking for beauty in trees, you will never have to look far!
Pearl Udall

Caption: Look for the Light
Student: Pearl Udall
Grade: 6
School: Sage International School, Boise
Teacher: Mimi Newstadt
Statement: Trees are the most magnificent creations on Earth. It is no wonder that many people are attracted to the beautiful places we know as forests, with their extraordinary contents. Trees can convey any mood. In this composition, I wanted to accomplish an air of mystery and the supernatural.
Adam Leveille

Caption: The Dog Goes "Bark"
Student: Adam Leveille
Grade: 6
School: Sage International School, Boise
Teacher: Mimi Newstadt
Statement: This picture relates to the forest because there are many trees. There are also dogs in the forest, but back to the trees...this tree is very important because it can become anything...toothpicks, paper, seriously anything! Look around you, and see what you can find!
Kyra Dimitrov

Caption: White Shadows
Student: Kyra Dimitrov
Grade: 6
School: Sage International School, Boise
Teacher: Mimi Newstadt
Statement: This photograph shows the simplicity of nature, the lights and darks, the cruelness of Winter, how it takes away the leaves, and then Spring comes to lighten everything up. This photo is unique because it is like life: the foreground is blurry, but if you look ahead, it is clear and beautiful.
 
GRADES 7-8
Maria Schmidt

Caption: A New Beginning
Student: Maria Schmidt
Grade: 8
School: Prairie High School, Cottonwood
Teacher: Renee Eckert
Statement: I took this picture on a 4-wheeler trip from Dixie ID to Orogrande. The bear grass and blooming wildflowers were a sign of new life to me in a forest blackened by fire.
Julia Wemhoff

Caption: Baby Horned Owl
Student: Julia Wemhoff
Grade: 8
School: Prairie High School, Cottonwood
Teacher: Renee Eckert
Statement: My grandpa found this baby Horned owl witch fell out of its nest and landed under the tree in our windbreak. When I took the picture its mama was in the branch above me snapping at me warning me away. When I looked at her I saw she was a big Horned owl.
Samantha Ulam

Caption: It's a Big World
Student: Samantha Ulam
Grade: 7
School: Middleton Middle School
Teacher: Janine Remington
Statement: My picture shows a forest in Idaho overlooking the Salmon River. To the human eye, it cannot always be seen as a home for many animals. "Look to the Forest" and if you look close enough, you may just see a thriving society of beautiful creatures.
Sammy Barnett

Caption: Look at Me
Student: Sammy Barnett
Grade: 7
School: Anser Charter School, Garden City
Teacher: Allyson Maynard
Statement: When you look into the forest, you see a squirrel. And for the first time in your life a squirrel wants to you to take a picture of him. He doesn't want you to look at anything else except him. He is basically saying to you, "Look at me, look at me." And you know you have to and when you do he gives you the best pose that you could ever imagine. And what he looks like he's saying in the picture is. " Look at me, look at me."
Levi Luck

Caption: The Beauty We Crave
Student: Levi Luck
Grade: 8
School: East Jr High School
Teacher: Jeannine Hall
Statement: What would we do
without our forests
the rough bark extending high above.
What would we do,
without the soft flowers
kissing our legs
as we walk past
what would we do
If we couldn't look to the forest,
who would we be
without its beauty?
Addison Crowther

Caption: The Hidden Beauties We Find
Student: Addison Crowther
Grade: 8
School: Anser charter school
Teacher: Diane Williams
Statement: This picture tells a story to me personally. When you look at it you see a gorgeous lake surrounded by a massive forest of trees. This forest stretched across dry mountain and rocky area. My mom, her friends, and I back packed windingly through these gorgeous trees and into this hidden beauty that I captured.
GRADES 9-12
Kylie Jenks

Caption: A Tree Isn't Just a Tree
Student: Kylie Jenks
Grade: 11
School: Borah High School, Boise
Teacher: Debbie Chojnacky
Statement: People look at a tree and they usually just see a tree, I see a home. A refuge. I see Life. (This photo was taken at Trinity Lakes in the Boise National Forest)
Kwanwoo Baek

Caption: An Everlasting Gift
Student: Kwanwoo Baek
Grade: 9
School: North Jr High School, Boise
Teacher: Johanna DeJong
Statement: I took this photo to show that people are supplied with the gift of trees. They provide a clean environment, become shelter for animals, and more. In this photo, trees are noticeably helpful, whether they are alive or not. They are always pleasing us visually, physically, and environmentally.
Kayden Beus

Caption: Trees of Life
Student: Kayden Beus
Grade: 12
School: Marsh Valley High School, Arimo
Teacher: Amy Brown
Statement: Being an adventurer and explorer, I admire the beauty that can be found in the forests of Idaho. This waterfall and surrounding greenery reminds me of why I want to preserve our forests, why I love the outdoors, and how natural beauty can exist anywhere.
Kayden Beus

Caption: Bridge to a Better World
Student: Kayden Beus
Grade: 12
School: Marsh Valley High School, Arimo
Teacher: Amy Brown
Statement: We often times take for granted the forests and wildlife refuges that we have in Idaho. This bridge can represent the division that is forming between society and nature. This bridge crosses into a land full of adventure and excitement, but also a place of peace and safety. Lets go.
Kayden Pugh

Caption: Hey there, buddy!
Student: Kayden Pugh
Grade: 12
School: Marsh Valley High School, Arimo
Teacher: Amy Brown
Statement: When we look into the forest, what do we see? In this case, we look at friendly looking dragonfly who's smile shows it is happy to see us! This picture fits well in the theme well because this friendly face reminds us of the peaceful and enlightening feelings that forests provide, as well as the discoveries hidden within them.
Malia White

Caption: Home
Student: Malia White
Grade: 11
School: Mountain View High School, Boise
Teacher: Sheila Boester
Statement: Growing up on a farm in the outskirts of Meridian I've become accustomed to the glorious Idaho sunsets, even though I never appreciated them for all that they are. I've traveled to other cities and states, and by habit looked for the sunset but was disappointed. Nothing compares to Idaho skies. I could stand there and look for hours at the sunset. It gives a feeling of safety and serenity. I am so lucky to be able to call such a beautiful state my home.
Sophie Owen

Caption: Human Nature
Student: Sophie Owen
Grade: 12
School: Timberline High School, Boise
Teacher: Patricia Thorpe
Statement: In today's society, most teenagers are too consumed by their phones that we rarely look at the world around us. We become numb to Mother Nature's call, because we lost the compassion to care about the world that has held us through our entire lives. In my digital photograph, Human Nature, I captured the true form of the average teenager after he disconnects. My model's eyes are closed because he doesn't have to look around to see Mother Nature. He feels it. We have the trees within our bodies. The Earth runs through our veins. Tackling environmental issues such as pollution, Green House gasses, and the lack of clean water for all creatures of the world. Hopefully, with my photograph, you will feel a connection with the Earth as well, and look to the trees.
Colby Jones

Caption: Magnificent Moose
Student: Colby Jones
Grade: 12
School: Timberline High School, Boise
Teacher: Patricia Thorpe
Statement: I took this photo while exploring Idaho's vast forests. Seeing wildlife like this in its natural habitat can strengthen our connection to our forests.
Madison Inouye

Caption: Memories
Student: Madison Inouye
Grade: 12
School: Coeur d'Alene Charter School
Teacher: Cindy Roth
Statement: Forests provide a safe, lasting environment for people of all ages to enjoy. As they grow alongside us, trees have something to offer to everyone. Old couples stroll hand-in-handin their shade at local parks. Children climb their branches, mesmerized by their new perspective from above their friends' heads. When I look to the forest, I see a lasting natural resource of fun and memories.
Madison Simboli

Caption: Mystical
Student: Madison Simboli
Grade: 10
School: Timberline High School, Boise
Teacher: Patricia Thorpe
Statement: Ever since I was young my cabin has always been my favorite place to be. There is something about the forest, and trees it consists of, that is so peaceful and comforting to me. When I look to the forest I see a magical land of fresh air and awaiting adventures. Without trees and forests I would truly be lost.
Madison Inouye

Caption: New Season
Student: Madison Inouye
Grade: 12
School: Coeur d'Alene Charter School
Teacher: Cindy Roth
Statement: When I look to the forest, I see growth. I see possibility. Every spring is a season of new life, new chances, and new beginnings. Just as we endure the fleeting passage of time, trees do as well. This picture encapsulates the journey of growth that trees must make - a fragile, but graceful journey not so different from our own.
Abbie Linford

Caption: Summer Storms in Atlanta, ID
Student: Abbie Linford
Grade: 11
School: Borah High School, Boise
Teacher: Debbie Chojnacky
Statement: I think that this photograph captures everything that I feel when I think of the forest. I took this about five minutes after a rainstorm, which makes me think about how clean it is. The forest is vast and I feel like that is captured with the panorama. But most important to me, is the location of this picture. My family has always gone to the mountains for bonding, our favorite spot is Atlanta. We go so often we know the locals and it is my home. This picture takes me home.
Carson Quinn

Caption: The Love of Trees
Student: Carson Quinn
Grade: 9
School: South Jr High School, Boise
Teacher: Debbie Chojnacky
Statement: I practically live in the forest and this is one of my favorite photos of the woods.
Yeajoon Cho

Caption: Natural Unison
Student: Yeajoon Cho
Grade: 11
School: Timberline High School, Boise
Teacher: Patricia Thorpe
Statement: A forest resembles peace; a unison of man and nature. It proves as a place for thought, lending way for imagination to run rampant. It can serve as an inspiration for some, a source of material for others. Either way, forests prove to be a grey area, aiding many fundamental aspects of life.
 

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