Christy’s colorful poster, “Trees are terrific – and energy wise,” took first place not only in Idaho, but in the national contest as well, winning the home-schooled fifth-grader a trip to Washington, D.C., a $1,000 savings bond and a lifetime membership in the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Christy – the second Idahoan to win the national contest, after Hannah Joy Coad of Cataldo won in 2003 – said she really does think trees are terrific. “They’re really good for shade, and I like that,” she said. “They shield little animals. … They also give us air and stuff. Trees are really beautiful, too.”