Local Students Recognized for Environmental Contest Awards

Posted May 13, 2016 at 2:47 pm     Category: News ReleaseSoil and Water Conservation

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – More than 50 students from New Hanover County’s elementary and middle schools participated in several county-wide Soil & Water Conservation District contests this past March. New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District will hold an awards and recognition ceremony for student winners on Thursday, May 26 at 4 p.m. in the South Atrium of the County’s Government Center building, located at 230 Government Center Drive. Winning contest entries and honorable mentions will be on display for viewing, and the public is invited to attend.

Among the contests was the District’s poster contest, which was open to third through sixth grade students. A winner was selected in each grade level for the student who best illustrated this year’s theme: “We All Live in a Watershed.” Sixth graders also had the opportunity to participate in essay and Powerpoint presentation contests; seventh and eighth graders participated in speech contests; and ninth graders participated in a computer-generated poster contest.

“This awards ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our local students and their commitment to environmental conservation,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “These students are poised to help protect and enhance our water quality for years to come.”

First place finishers on the county level are:

  • Poster Contests: Alex Bowers (3rd grade, Pine Valley Elementary), Katie Harrell (4th grade, Pine Valley Elementary), Lily Waters (5th grade, Pine Valley Elementary), and Norah Martin (6th grade, Williston Middle School)
  • Essay Contest: Delia Garguilo (6th grade, Williston Middle School)
  • PowerPoint Contest: Kelsea Jacobs (6th grade, Virgo Middle School)
  • Speech Contests: Dondrea Hodge (7th grade, Williston Middle School) and Jonny Morales-Moreno (8th grade, Noble Middle School)

All of the students named above moved on to the twelve-county Area 6 Soil and Water District competitions. Jonny Morales-Moreno placed first in the Area 6 speech competition and participated in the state-level speech competition on May 6 in Raleigh. Alex Bowers placed first in the Area 6 poster contest and also advanced to the state-level competition.

For more information on local, regional, and state Soil and Water Conservation District contests, please visit soilwater.nhcgov.com or call 910-798-7130.

Release Contact:
Elissa Riley
New Hanover Soil and Water Program Coordinator

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