Las Sabinas, Volume 24, Number 4, October 1998 Page: 53
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STUDENTS NAMES TREE "SURVIVOR"
From The Orange Leader--May 8, 1998
By Glenda Dyer, Staff Writer
West Orange-Stark Middle School student Timothy Smith believes it's incredible that a pond
bald cypress tree has survived for 1,200 years on the banks of Adams Bayou in Stark's Shangri-La.
So when Nature Classroom held a contest to name the tree, he submitted the name
The contest judges chose Smith's entry over more than 500 others as the name for the 17-foot
around, 40-foot tall tree.
Nature Classroom leader Michael Hoke, representatives of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark
Foundation, Smith and other winning students participated in a christening ceremony at the tree
"We used sterilized bird seed to do the christening because we don't want the seeds to
germinate," Hloke said.
The runners-up in the name contest were Sarah Childress, Josh Wills and Ashley Anderson,
who will receive $100 savings bonds each. Smith will receive a $500 savings bond for his first place
Childress suggested the tree be named "'Ihe Guardian."
"It is the watcher of the ponds, and it serves as a reminder to us to protect our planet's natural
resources," she wrote in her entry. "It watches when we are not (watching)."
"Willis submitted the name "The Bayou's Shadow."
"The tree is on the bank of Adams Bayou and is leaning over the water, casting a shadow,"
he wrote. "Therefore during the day, the tree's reflection appears on the water. This 1,200 year-old
tree has been here in Orange since before the Stark family."
Anderson's entry was for the name "Old Companion."
"It has stood by Orange, Texas, for many, many years," he wrote. "It made it through the
terrible ice storm at the beginning of the year 1997. I think that, like a companion, it never left us."
Hoke said a goal bfor naming the tree is to help in using the tree as a focal point to protect the
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