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Tree Project makes U.S. Finals

By Reid Creager
Correspondent

Fifth-grader Anuhar Cerna of Charlotte is one of 12 students selected as finalists in Scotties’ “Trees Rock” video contest.

Anuhar says he was “shocked” to learn that he’s eligible for a $5,000 cash prize that will go to the grand prize winner, along with $10,000 that could potentially go to his school – Montclaire Elementary – toward a sustainable project such as tree plantings, outdoor classrooms, playgrounds, athletic fields, gardens and greenhouses.

Kids who entered the contest were required to create a video of up to three minutes on the importance of trees to themselves, their school and their community. They were encouraged to be as creative as possible in their entries – for example, by creating a poem, a play, a speech, a song, or a dance.

Anuhar made his video with the help of teacher Alexis Picciano. It was done in a news reporting style, covering what he found out about trees and why they’re so important. See the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBADpV2XURA.

“I liked the challenge of it. I learned a lot from it,” says Anuhar, a 10-year-old who might want to do something outdoors as a possible career choice but has plenty of time to decide. His favorite subjects are math and science.

Winners will be chosen by voters who can watch the top videos at www.scottiestreesrock.com. Voting ends Feb. 15.

Reid Creager

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