There’s been a lot of celebrating this year surrounding the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park, and Eagle Rock School students got in on the action with their offerings in the park’s student art competition.
This coming Friday is the 100th birthday of this pristine park that is Eagle Rock’s nearest all-green neighbor. And we’ve been excited as everyone else about this landmark anniversary, which has been highlighted by speeches, special activities and community events for the past year.
Some of our more artistic students signed up earlier this year for the park’s 100th anniversary student art competition, and Rahmel Evans, Cristian Aguliz and Zoe Johansen all won big-time awards for their art. Rahmel took a first-place win in the park’ statewide high school photography category, and Cristian followed up with a second-place nod. Zoe walked away with second place statewide for high school art.
The theme of the student art competition was to illustrate a century of lessons learned from the eco systems in Rocky Mountain National Park. During an Exposure course held prior to the contest, students spent a full week traveling to different locations in the park, shooting pictures and learning about the environment and history of the area. That’s where Rahmel and Cristian captured the excellent digital images of Rocky that were recognized as winners.
During a following trimester — in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain National Park mural that Eagle Rock students painted — time and energy was spent learning about the park and its amazing ecosystems. As a result, students created artwork that reflected their thoughts on the theme. Zoe’s computer-generated drawing was selected as an overall winner for high school.
The winning students received a signed poster by Estes Park artist Jim Disney, a one-year pass to the national park, as well as received award-winning ribbons for their work. Their art was featured along with all of the other winners in a display at the park’s Fall River visitor’s center.
The awards ceremony highlighted a wonderful Saturday afternoon event with refreshments and conversations about the various artworks and how important preservation of the environment is for future generations.
The yearlong celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th anniversary culminates with rededication events the first week of September. A celebration is scheduled for Thursday at Holzwarth Historic Site on the west side of the park. The official rededication ceremony will be held Friday at Glacier Basin Campground on the east side of the park.