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Cristate saguaro design wins 2019 Tucson birthday stamp contest

Tucson Birthday Stamp
Posted at 3:05 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 20:27:38-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — The winner of the 12th Annual Tucson Birthday Stamp Design Contest was unveiled Tuesday.

Seventh grader Nola Gelling, who attends Khalsa Montessori school, took home the grand prize with her cristate or "crested" saguaro design.

Tucson birthday stamp winner 2019

"Nola grew up drawing in her mother’s studio and loves to create art. Her family enjoys exploring the Sonoran desert and they like to try to find cristate saguaros," Stamp Discovery Education Program said in a press release.

Gelling used pencils, markers, and acrylic paint to create her stamp.

"A lot of people know about Sabino Canyon but not a lot of people know about the Sabino Canyon Fan, cristate saguaro,” said Gelling.

The stamps can only be purchased through the Postal History Foundation, a non-profit that supports teachers and students locally and across the country.