Ivy Tech names winner of Winter in the Forest contest

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College has selected Ms. Stephanie Furnas’ 3rd grade class of Hershey Elementary School as the winner of the Winter in the Forest contest. The announcement was made on December 3rd at the 2nd annual Winter in the Forest holiday celebration.

Winter in the Forest is an on campus Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) outreach activity for regional 3rd grade classes.

The classes were given the opportunity to submit a story and artwork highlighting winter in the forest with a focus on the environment. Submissions were judged on creativity, originality and implementation of Indiana Standards.

Ms. Furnas’ class will have a tree dedicated to them at Tree Day in August, on the Ivy Tech Lafayette campus, along with a plaque displaying the class and school name. They also received a plaque to display at their school.

Also participating in this year’s contest was Mrs. LeAnne Morris’ class of Clinton Prairie Elementary School, Ms. Shannon Burgess’ class of Frontier Elementary School, Ms. Tina Cupp’s class of Battleground Elementary School, Mrs. Sharon Dillman’s class of Elmwood Elementary School, and Ms. Brenda Krug’s class of Buffalo Elementary School. Each class received a certificate of participation for their creative entry.

The participating classes were invited to the holiday celebration at Ivy Tech where they were given a tour of the college by Student Ambassadors, a presentation by Isaac Slaven, Sustainable Energy Program Chair, and refreshments.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 130,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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