The Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District recently held its annual Poster Contests for students in 3rd through 6th grades in Jackson County. The purpose of the contests is to educate students about issues that affect our land and water sources.
Pictured at the top of the article are 3rd-grade poster winners were (left to right) 1st- Madison Pineda, 2nd- Charlotte Bumgarner, 3rd- Brooks Bolton, from Chrissy Hughes’ third-grade class.
This year’s theme was ‘Wetlands are Wonderful’. Third graders from Summit Charter School and one from Cullowhee Valley School, fourth graders from Fairview and sixth graders from Scotts Creek and Fairview participated in the poster contest to earn this year’s top places.
“We are grateful for the opportunity that the Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation allowed us to be a part of this year,” said Summit Third-grade Teacher Chrissy Hughes. “All of the students did a great job on their projects. They showed great creativity and an understanding of the topic. I am proud of all their hard work!”
Winning students each received a trophy and prize money: $50 for First Place, $25 for Second, $15 for Third.
The teacher of the winning student also received $50 in recognition of their contribution to the student’s success. First-place posters advanced to the Area 1 Contest in Waynesville, which was held on February 25 where they competed against winners from the 15 other Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Area 1.
Hadley Jenkins and Madison Pineda’s poster both placed 2nd at the competition, each will receive an additional $25 for their wins at the Area Competition.
3rd grade poster winners were 1st- Madison Pineda (2nd Place at Area), 2nd- Charlotte Bumgarner, 3rd- Brooks Bolton, all from Chrissy Hughes Summit Charter class.
4th grade poster winners were 1st- Savannah Hebenstreit, 2nd- Mischa Cottrell, 3rd- Jaxon Fisher, all from Nancy Crawford’s Fairview class.
6th grade poster winners were 1st- Hadley Jenkins (2nd Place at Area), 2nd- Delilah Smith, 3rd- Shaylin Green, all from Ray Crawford’s Fairview class
For more information on Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District’s contests and education programs contact Jane Fitzgerald at 828.586.5465.