The Vermillion County Soil and Water Conservation District with First Financial Bank sponsored its first conservation poster contest for Wabash Valley students during the spring of 2013. First- and second-place winners were recognized at the Vermillion County Fair and received cash prizes from First Financial Bank. The first-place posters were then entered in the state contest.
Rachel Hazelwood’s poster won at state for the second- to third-grade level. Hazelwood was in Lori Turchi’s third-grade class at North Vermillion Elementary School last year. Hazelwood received a $75 cash prize for winning; her poster will now compete at the national level.
The 2013 poster contest theme was “Where does your water shed?”
The annual National Association of Conservation Districts Poster Contest provides kindergarten-through-12th-grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art.
It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies.
Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. District winners advance to the state level. Finally, state winners advance to the national contest. National winners are recognized each year at the NACD annual meeting. This year that meeting will take place on Feb. 2-5 in Anaheim, Calif.
The 2014 poster contest theme will be “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil.” All students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate. For more information, contact the Vermillion County SWCD office at 765-492-3705.