• Wesley Chapel’s Veterans Elementary Student Ryan Mish Named Top 12 Finalist In Scotties National “Trees Rock” Video Contest

    image003-82 copySchool Eligible to Win $10,000 in Prize Money for Sustainable Project

    Burlington, MA (January 10, 2013) — Scotties, a leader in the tissue industry is pleased to announce the top 12 entries in their “Trees Rock” Video Contest. Ryan Mish in cooperation with his sister Rachel of Veteran’s Elementary is one of the finalists eligible to win a large cash prize plus funding for a project to beautify their school or community.  Kids who entered the contest were required to create a video up to 3 minutes on the importance of trees — to themselves, their school, and their community.


    Students 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. After rigorous scrutiny by a panel of judges, entries from around the country were narrowed down to the 12 most compelling in the categories of clarity of message, relativity to the theme, and creativity.


    The Mish siblings discuss the large and small scale issues of trees in their video – from providing homes for animals to how to combat the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.



    Ryan and his sister Rachel discussing the benefits of trees in their video

    “Our School is deserving of the $10,000, because they work so hard at making the school an environment in which we can learn and enjoy ourselves.  Making an outdoor learning environment will make it more interesting and be a good place for science and observation.  Also we work very hard at our school with few recess breaks so eating outside around nature and trees would give us time to relax and have fun before returning to class,” said Ryan Mish.


    Winners will be chosen by voters across America who can watch the top videos and vote for their favorite from January 15th through February 15th on www.scottiestreesrock.com.


    The Grand Prize Winner will receive $5,000 for themselves, a trip to the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park and an electronic tablet. Their school will receive $10,000 to use towards a sustainable project, such as Tree Plantings, Outdoor Classrooms, Playgrounds, Athletic Fields, Gardens and Greenhouses.


    Scotties is very passionate about being a sustainable company with their 3-to-1 promise. This means, that for every one tree they use, they plant three in its place. Over the last 50 years, J.D. Irving, Scotties’ parent company has planted 850 million trees in North America.


    About Scotties Facial Tissue:

    Considered one of the top facial tissue manufacturers in the United States, Scotties Facial Tissues is owned by Irving Tissue, Inc. a Canadian-based and family owned company committed to managing its operations in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner. Scotties has created Trees Rock in an effort to promote their tree planting initiatives in the United States. For more information about Scotties Facial Tissues and its 3-to-1 Tree Planting Promise, please visit www.scottiesfacial.com and for more information on Trees Rock visit www.scottiestreesrock.com.