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Grand Forks student’s artwork wins first place in Keep North Dakota Clean Poster contest

Emilee Ohman, an eighth-grader at Schroeder Middle School in Grand Forks, is a first place winner in the 2014 Keep North Dakota Clean Poster and Digital Media contest. Ohman's poster, one of more than 11,000 entries, will be featured on billboards across the state. (JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD)1 / 2
Schroeder Middle School student Emilee Ohman’s poster2 / 2

Schroeder Middle School student Emilee Ohman’s homework assignment will soon be viewed by hundreds of North Dakota drivers.

The eighth-grader’s art recently won a first place standing in the 2014 Keep North Dakota Clean Poster and Digital Media contest, which recognized student work that reflects the state’s environmental concerns and the intent to keep its trails and parks clean.

Ohman was the only student from Grand Forks to place this year and was among 10 who placed first in the state.

For a science class assignment, Ohman used markers and colored pencils to replicate a state license plate with the phrase “Explore a Greener North Dakota.”

“I was just trying to think of something creative,” Ohman said. “It just kind of came to me.”

All first place winners will receive a gold medallion, a certificate and $100. Their poster will also be turned into a billboard and placed along a major transportation route near their hometown, according to the nonprofit.

All winners will also have their photos taken with first lady Betsy Dalrymple, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and their teacher at an awards ceremony April 25 at the Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Interpretive Center in Washburn, N.D.

The poster contest is the largest and longest-running in the state, according to the nonprofit.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson is the K-12 education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald.  Contact her if you have any story ideas or tips and visit 

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