MNR Announces Statewide Winners of Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest


Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources recently announced twelve winners statewide of the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.

About 1,100 K-5 students from 22 public schools, private schools, home-school groups and after-school camps participated in the 31st annual conservation art competition organized by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia State Botanical Garden.

Statewide winners in all four divisions include:

Division 1: Kindergarten

  • First: Delyla Brooks, Funston Elementary, Funston.
  • Second: Annalyn Wietecha, Fayetteville Elementary, Fayetteville.
  • Third: Julian Luetkemoeller, Peachtree Academy, Conyers.

Division 2: first to second year

  • First: Ava Sorrow, Fayetteville Elementary, Fayetteville.
  • Second: Kenya Espinosa Sandoval, Funston Elementary, Funston.
  • Third: Flora Maldonado Wells, Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary, Athens.

Division 3: Third-fourth years

  • First: Jayden Mulamoottill, Barrow Elementary, Athens.
  • Second: Hadley Marunich, Elbert County Elementary, Elberton.
  • Third: AnnaGail Hammack, Southland Academy, Americus.

Division 4: Fifth year

  • First: Alfonzo Mitchell, Fayetteville Elementary, Fayetteville.
  • Second: Darina Ramirez-Mireles, Funston Primary School, Funston.
  • Third: Jaimie Hochstetler, Koinonia Farm, Americus.

Participants entered the local school level with drawings and paintings of native Georgia plants and animals in line with the 2021 competition theme, “Nature is everywhere!” Entries were judged on aspects such as theme, originality and the quality and impact of the artwork. School-level registrations for the first place took place in the state competition at the State Botanical Garden, which is part of the University of Georgia in Athens.

Winning submissions are presented on the MRN Wildlife Division’s SmugMug site at, as well as in a two-minute video produced by the Georgia State Botanical Garden (

The State Botanical Garden is home to a range of collections, exhibits, trails, and programs designed to delight and educate teachers, children and the public. The Garden also administers the Connect to Protect program, which emphasizes that even small installations of native plants can help maintain biodiversity in urban and suburban landscapes. Learn more about or call (706) 542-1244. This public garden is a gift for visitors and residents of Georgia; therefore, parking and entry are free.

The Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest is sponsored by the Wildlife Resources Division of the DNR, the State Botanical Garden and Environmental Resources Network, or TERN, a group of friends of the Wildlife Conservation Section of the DNR. For more information visit

Georgians can support important conservation, recreation and education efforts and other programs for Georgia’s wildlife by purchasing or renewing a Bald Eagle or Monarch Butterfly license plate or by donating directly to the wildlife conservation section. This agency relies heavily on fundraisers for its mission of conserving wildlife, native plants and natural habitats. Learn more about and


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