Cedarburg student wins 2017 state park sticker design contest

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MADISON – A design of two people canoeing on a lake with the sun setting in the background won the 2017 Wisconsin State Park admission sticker design contest for Emily Olson, a senior at Cedarburg High School. The winning design will be printed on state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers and will be displayed on more than 265,000 vehicles.

2017 winning design by Emily Olson, Canoe Scene
2017 winning design by Emily Olson, Canoe Scene

Olson will receive an engraved plaque, a 2017 annual vehicle admission sticker featuring her design when they become available in December and a state trail pass.

Second place was won by Holly Peterson of South Milwaukee High School whose entry depicted wood violets and third place was won by Stephanie Unger of Appleton North High School, with a design of a raccoon.

Honorable Mention went to:

  • Makenna Race of Cedarburg High School for her design “Bird in Trees”
  • Trent Huebner of Slinger High School for his design “Grey Treefrog on Leaf”
  • Megan Taylor of Preble High School for her design “Biker and Tree”
  • Elizabeth Schad of Cedarburg High School for a design of “Binoculars”
  • Caity Lucas of Oregon High School for her design “Loon on the Lake”
  • Hailey Schmitt of Slinger High School for her design “Birch Tree Scene”
  • Briana Connell of Eau Claire North High School for her design “Robin.”

The vehicle admission stickers provide access to more than 60 state park, forest and recreation area properties across Wisconsin. The stickers are required on all motor vehicles stopping in state parks and recreation areas. Some state forest and trail parking areas also require a sticker.

Annual admission stickers cost $28 for Wisconsin residents or $38 for nonresidents. A family with more than one vehicle registered to the same household may purchase additional state park stickers for $15.50 for residents and $20.50 for nonresidents. A senior citizen annual sticker for $13 is available for Wisconsin Residents 65 years of age and older. The 2017 admission stickers will go on sale in early December.

This is the 26th year a Wisconsin high school student has designed the Wisconsin State Park admission sticker. The contest is open to students in grades nine through 12 or equivalent, attending public, private or parochial schools or home schooled in Wisconsin. Cedarburg high school students also won the 2010 and 2014 sticker design contests.

For more information on the state park sticker contest and to view other awarded design entries, search the DNR website for keyword “contest.”