Six Local Students Win Environmental Contest

Posted April 25, 2017 at 1:10 pm     Category: News ReleaseSoil and Water Conservation

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – More than 70 students from New Hanover County’s elementary and middle schools participated in the annual county-wide Soil & Water Conservation District contests this past March. This year’s theme was “Soil and Water….Yours for Life” and six local students were first-place finishers on the county level:

  • Poster contest: Skylar Price (5th grade, Pine Valley Elementary) and Jasmin Pena-Medina (6th grade, Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW))
  • Essay contest: Farhan Sanukri (6th grade, Wilmington Academy of Arts & Sciences (WAAS))
  • PowerPoint contest: Paola Zelaya-Deras (6th grade, GLOW)
  • Speech contest: Ian Peplow (7th grade, WAAS) and Sebastian Zagler (8th grade, WAAS)

All of these students moved on to the twelve-county area competition, where Ian Peplow from WAAS placed first in the Area 6 speech competition. Peplow will participate in the state-level speech competition in Raleigh on May 4.

“We are very proud of this year’s participants and the way they creatively communicated the importance of water quality, soil health and conservation,” said New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation Education Coordinator Elissa Riley.

New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District will hold an awards and recognition ceremony for student winners on Wednesday, May 24 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.

For more information on how to participate in local, regional and state Soil and Water Conservation District contests, please visit or call 910-798-7130.


Release Contact:
Jessica Loeper
Communications & Outreach Coordinator

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