The City of Ottawa’s annual Arbor Day tree will put down roots this year at Sacred Heart Catholic School, 426 S. Cedar St., Ottawa.
And that honor came courtesy of Theresa Bruna, a Sacred Heart fifth-grader who won the city Tree Advisory Board’s annual Arbor Day poster contest. Bruna, the daughter of Gib and Virginia Bruna, is a student in Megan Mace’s class at Sacred Heart.
The tree board’s annual poster contest is open to all fifth-graders in Ottawa, with one winning poster chosen from each school and an overall city winner selected from that group.
Doug Reinert, the city’s parks superintendent, introduced the contest winners during the Ottawa City Commission’s meeting Wednesday night at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa.
In addition to Bruna, the Sacred Heart winner and overall top finisher, the other winners were:
• Alice Ishmael, daughter of Stephen and Lori Ishmael, is in Kara Corley’s class at Lincoln Elementary School.
• Samantha Moore, daughter of Stacey Heath, is in Kellie Campbell’s class at Garfield Elementary School.
• Addison Morris, daughter of Justin and Michelle Morris, is in Terry Shepard’s class at Eugene Field Elementary School.
Tree board representatives said 112 Ottawa students drew posters this year — accounting for about 11 percent of the 1,054 posters drawn statewide.
J.R. Daugharthy, tree board member, thanked city commissioners for their support of Arbor Day. Daugharthy noted Ottawa has been designated a Tree City USA for the past 12 years.
The Arbor Day tree is scheduled to be planted 8 a.m. April 26 at Sacred Heart. In case of inclement weather, the planting will take place 8 a.m. May 3, a city news release said.