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Contact: Michelle Jacobs, Community Relations Officer, 302-739-9921, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Photos and list of second and third place winners available.

2012 Conservation Poster Contest winners announced

DOVER (Dec. 10, 2012) - The New Castle, Kent and Sussex Conservation Districts announces the winners of their annual conservation poster contest, with the theme “Soil to Spoon.” Judges reviewed 175 posters in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. First place winners from each county are listed below.

Grade Level       New Castle County                    Kent County                              Sussex County

K – 1                Meryem Kose                            Markese Copeland                     James Falk, Jr.

            Kose Homeschooling                 McIlvaine Early Learning Ctr.       Rehoboth Elementary 

2 – 3                 Eason Li                                   Brielle Carter                             N/A

            The Independence School           Lake Forest South Elementary                 

4 – 6                 Shivam Bhavsar                       Lake Vasey                               Dory McCormick

            Linden Hill Elementary                Water Girl Farm Academy          Homeschooled 

7 – 9                 Bella Savino                              Spring Vasey                             N/A

            Middletown High School             Water Girl Farm Academy                                              

10 – 12             N/A                                          Rebecca Grier                           N/A

                                                            Caesar Rodney High School                  

First, second and third place winners in each category received a prize valued at $50, $25 and $15 respectively from the conservation district in their home county.

After judging by the local conservation districts, first-place winners in each grade level were forwarded to the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts (DACD) for judging at the state level. The following students’ posters were selected as state winners in their respective grade categories and forwarded to the National Association of Conservation Districts for judging at the national level.

Grade Level     State Winner

K – 1                James Falk, Jr.

2 – 3                Brielle Carter

4 – 6                Dory McCormick

7 – 9                Spring Vasey

10 – 12            Rebecca Grier

Each year the conservation 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 associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The contest follows the annual Stewardship theme which is sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.

This year’s theme, “Soil to Spoon,” reaffirms our connection to the soil and gets people thinking about where their food comes from and about the importance of conserving our soil resources. 

Judges for this year’s contest included Christy Shaffer, a professional illustrator and graphics specialist with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; Scott Figurski, a DNREC environmental scientist who is also an avid amateur photographer; Martha Pileggi, staff assistant for the DACD and a local fine artist; and Joanna Wilson, a community relations officer with the DNREC Public Affairs Office.

Overall the judges were very impressed with the posters, noting that the quality of work was very high. “It’s wonderful to see so much imagination, creativity, and color used to convey such an important message,” said Ms. Wilson. Ms. Pileggi agreed and noted that the children who entered the contest “understood where their food comes from.”

As a first time judge, Mr. Figurski was very pleased with the entries. “Art and nature have gone hand in hand since the beginning of time. This poster contest is a fantastic way for children to explore their creative talents while learning and educating others about the importance of conservation and land stewardship,” said Mr. Figurski. “I found the judging duties to be difficult since I liked all of the posters. I was very impressed with the originality and creativity exhibited by the children, and I applaud all of them for their efforts and encourage them to keep up the great work!”

For more information on the poster contest or conservation district programs, please contact Michelle Jacobs at 302-739-9135 or

Vol. 42, No. 470
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