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GTNP Launches Essay Contest

High school freshmen in Teton County, Wyoming are being invited to compete in an essay and creative arts competition hosted by Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton Association as part of Grand Teton’s multi-faceted “Class of 2016” initiative, highlighting the upcoming National Park Service centennial in 2016. This is the first of four annual awards and scholarships offered for Class of 2016 students.  Park Spokesperson Jackie Skaggs says the first year’s theme “From Past to Present: Stewardship for the Future,” celebrates the recent 40th anniversary of the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. She says the contest encourages students to research Rockefeller’s role in establishing the present-day Grand Teton National Park, and to reflect on their personal legacies. The submissions may be made in the form of art, poetry, song or essays. Entries must be postmarked or delivered before 5:00 pm May first. The top three entries will receive prizes that encourage students to enjoy America’s national parks and gain a better understanding of their significance. The first place winner will also receive an iPad. All prizes are funded by GTA, Grand Teton’s partner and cooperating association for the past 75+ years. Winners will be announced on June 3rd.

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