Tri-County Schools of Karlstad, MN was honored with a 1st Place Map Gallery Award at the 2017 Esri User Conference (UC), recognizing the work of its students, under the guidance of Pro-West, on GIS Day 2016.

Tri-County celebrated GIS Day 2016 with Pro-West & Associates, with students learning about the importance of geography and maps in making critical decisions and information sharing through activities, including a blank map of the Karlstad community that was colored by the pre-schoolers. Once the students could locate personally significant landmarks, they began quickly identifying other features in the community, such as the homes of friends and family, the school and stores, and where various events had taken place

The Tri-County Pre-School class’ colored map of Karlstad was submitted to the Esri UC’s annual Map Gallery competition by Pro-West. Out of the 900 map submissions, it was one of only 15 to receive top awards. Tri-County Pre-Schoolers’ map won 1st place for the Best Map Up to Age 12 category, and was commended for its creativity and impact on the students’ geographic education and spatial thinking skills.

Pro-West visited Tri-County after the UC to present the Map Gallery Award to school administration and staff. Accepting the award were Ryan Baron, Superintendent, Nick Amb, Dean of Students, Kalli Peterson and Lori Wikstrom, Pre-School staff, and presenting the award were Pro-West President, Annette Theroux, and GIS Solutions Specialist, Kyle Wikstrom.

The Esri UC is an annual conference for geographers and GIS professionals and took place in July at the San Diego Convention Center, California. In 2017 the conference had 18,000 attendees from 136 countries. The Map Gallery is a forum for map makers to share their work and is one of the highlights of the conference.

Congratulations, Tri-County School!

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Tri-County Schools Pre-School class with their award-winning map

Announcement of Tri-County’s 1st Place Map Gallery Award at Esri User Conference 2017