The Wharton County Soil & Water Conservation District No. 342, in conjunction with the 2010 Texas Conservation Awards, sponsored a poster and essay contest on Soil and Water Conservation.
The 14th annual award banquet was held on May 11 at the Crescent Fairgrounds.
The poster contest is open to students 12-years-old and under. The topics were:
Soil to Spoon and Forest for People — More Than You Can Imagine.
The theme Forest for People — More Than You Can Imagine covered trees and the role they play in our environment.
The theme Soil To Spoon covered where our food comes from and the connection to soil and conservation on the land.
The district has divided the contest into four age groups. They are the 6 years and under; 7- to 8-year-olds; 9- to 10-year-olds; and 11- to 12-year-olds.
The best three posters are sent to region III competition. The local winners received cash and a ribbon.
There were a total of 336 posters received from the schools in Wharton County for 2012.
In the 6-years-old and under:
Honorable Mention, Joshua Rivas of Sivells Elementary School, Anna Rod and Kylie Schoenberg, all of St. Philip’s; third place Colby Williams of St. Philip’s; second place Kamryn Til of St. Philip’s and first place winner Savannah Prihoda of St. Philip’s.
In the 7- to 8-year-olds:
Honorable Mention, Reid Williams and Abbie Sparks, both of St. Philip’s; third place winner Bryce Rasmussen of St. Philip’s, second place winner Sarah Pavlas of St. Philip’s and first place winner Emorie Dornak of St. Philip’s.
In the 9- to 10-year-olds:
Honorable Mention Kade Ewing, Emily Wilson and Megan Foegelle, all of St. Philip’s; third place Bryn Rod of St. Philip’s, second place Cailyn McComb of St. Philip’s and first place Kenedy Couvillion of St. Philip’s.
In the 11- to 12-year-olds:
Honorable Mention Alexis Vick and Chloe Jenkins, both of St. Philip’s, third place Blair Watz, second place Faith Wagner and first place Kendal Kresta of St. Philip’s.
The essay contest is open to students 18-years-old under. The district divides and judges the essays in two categories, junior high and high school. The topic for the essay contest was “Why soil and water conservation is important to my future.”
Winners in the Junior High Division:
Honorable Mention, Hannah Tupa, Skye Quintero and Clayton Bruton, all of St. Philip’s; third place, Elizabeth Wilson of St. Philip’s; second place, Michelle Sutton, of St. Philip’s; first place ,Katelyn Krutilek of St. Philip’s.
Winners in the High School Division:
Honorable Mention, Devan Rodgers of Boling High School; third place, Taylor Faries of Boling High School; second place, Amanda Casey of Boling High School; and first place winner, Walker Monroe of Boling High School.
Also honored for Outstanding Business is Rioux Farm Equipment & Rioux Hardware, Outstanding Teacher Kim Ledwig of Sivells Elementary School and Outstanding Farmer is Harry Anderson.