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Gapp to be recognized for third-place honor in poster contest

A West Fargo student recently will be honored for a poster she created for the Keep North Dakota Clean Contest.

First-, second- and third-place-winning students of the statewide KNDC Contest, as well as teachers and immediate family, will be recognized during the 43rd awards ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, April 18, at the Memorial Hall on Main Street in Washburn. 

Ellie Gapp, a fourth grader from South Elementary School, earned third place for her KNDC poster entry in the "Habitat - Home for Wildlife" category. She is the only award recipient from the entire West Fargo School District.

KNDC is the largest and longest running contest in the state, and involves more than 9,000 students annually. Participating students learn about protecting our natural resources and environment by keeping North Dakota clean for the people who live and visit here.

Each first- through eighth-grade student and special needs has a different theme. The posters reflect the need to keep water clean, reduce waste, prevent wildfires, recycle, plant trees, create wildlife habitat, and explore our beautiful state. 

First-place winners receive a gold medallion, certificate, $100 cash award, and have their photo taken with their teacher at the awards ceremony with First Lady Betsy Dalrymple. They also get their poster turned into a billboard and placed along a major transportation route near their hometown by Newman Outdoor Advertising. 

Second- and third-place winners receive a silver or bronze medallion, certificate, $50 cash prize, and photo.  The first-, second- and third-place winners' posters have been put on the web, and can be found at and

This year, a Creative Recycling Contest was added for students in grades nine through 12 to promote recycling and reuse.