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poster of Lancer house rulesStudent Thomas Vu won the May flowers contest to claim a poster of Lancer house rules.

Botanical knowledge earns prize for student

A little knowledge proved useful to Thomas Vu, a grad student in the School of the Environment. He won the May flowers contest in Friday’s edition of DailyNews and its prize, a framed art print of Lancer house rules donated by the Campus Bookstore.

Vu’s entry was drawn from all those which correctly identified photos of these native flowers:

1flower
Columbine

2flower
Geranium

3flower
Jack-in-the-pulpit

4flower
Solomon’s seal

5flower
Wild strawberry

Contest judge Kevin Johnson allowed some leeway in the common names of these plants.

“These plants are known by many names, so I didn’t exclude anyone who wrote in with a variant name — only those who called one by the name of another plant,” he says. “One of the nice things was how many people noted they grow these native species themselves. I took all the photos last week in my own front yard.”

The Campus Bookstore has a limited number of the prints still available for purchase. Measuring 22 inches high by six wide, the poster retails for $29.98 and lists some helpful hints for Lancers.