Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902, Photos of state contest winners available upon request.
2014 Conservation Poster Contest winners announced
DOVER (Feb. 26, 2015) – The Delaware Association of Conservation Districts today announced the results of its annual conservation poster contest, sponsored through the New Castle, Kent and Sussex Conservation District offices. The 2014 theme was “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil.” A total of 305 posters were judged in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. First, second- and third-place winners in each age grade category received a gift card valued at $50, $25 and $15 respectively from the conservation district in their home county. The first-place winners were then judged at the state level.
The first place winners are:
Grade New Castle County Kent County Sussex County
K-1 Larysa Pohorylo No entry No entry
All Saints Catholic School
2-3 Anshrin Srivastava Stephanie Stracher Edwin Noon
Wilson Elementary School Lake Forest North Delaware School of the Arts
4-6 Eason Li Charles Washington Dorothy McCormick
The Independence School Calvary Christian Academy McCarvill Academy
7-9 Meredith Rush Sarah Cole Rachel Christopher
Springer Middle School Dover High School Woodbridge Middle School
10-12 Summer Shane Zachary Strachar No entry
Middletown High School Polytech High School
Judges at the state level selected the five New Castle County first-place poster entries as the statewide winners. The state winners will receive a cash award of $50 from the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts. The judges commented on how the posters had good use of color, good attention to detail, an easy-to-understand conservation message, originality and creativity. The five state-winning posters were forwarded to the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) for judging at the national level.
Second and third place winners by county were:
NEW CASTLE COUNTY
Second place winners:
· Nicolette Prolope, 1st grade, All Saints Catholic School
· Eva Valova, 2nd grade, Wilson Elementary School
· Meredeth Rhodes, 5th grade, All Saints Catholic School
· Althea Tierney, 7th grade, The Tatnall School
· Daisy Jaquez, 12th grade, Middletown High School
Third place winners:
· Jack Naylor, 1st grade, All Saints Catholic School
· Ariel Garcia, 2nd grade, All Saints Catholic School
· Olivia Knestaut, 5th grade, All Saints Catholic School
· Sarvagnaya Kompella, 8th grade, Cab Calloway School of the Arts
· Payton Shetzler, 12th grade, Middletown High School
Second place winners:
· Andrianna Yancy, 3rd grade, W. Reily Brown Elementary School
· Nate Keller, 6th grade, Calvary Christian Academy
· Morgan Edwards, 9th grade, Dover High School
· Jasmine Moss, 11th grade, Dover High School
Third place winners were:
· Triniti Benitez-Rogers, 3rd grade, W. Reily Brown Elementary School
· Mary Boyd, 6th grade, Calvary Christian Academy
· Christian Lee, 9th grade, Dover High School
· Deazanae Owens, 11th grade, Dover High School
Second place winners:
· Bradley Tomeski, 1st grade, Woodbridge Early Childhood Center
· Sophia Noon, 2nd grade, Southern Delaware School of the Arts
· Victoria Noon, 6th grade, Sussex Academy
· Alastornia Swift, 7th grade, Woodbridge Middle School
The third place winner in Sussex County was Amelia Griffith, 7th grade, Woodbridge Middle School.
A special Delaware-only category of computer/graphic arts posters was also judged. The winners were:
· First place: Meghan Harris, 10th grade, Cab Calloway School of the Arts
· Second place: Tahiid Ghee, 11th grade, Delcastle High School
· Third place: Nonny Gretz: 11th grade, Delcastle High School
The annual conservation poster contest provides students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resources through art. The contest follows the annual stewardship theme sponsored by NACD. The 2014 theme of “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil” encourages people to remember the importance of healthy soil for our food and fiber and the millions of organisms that call the soil home.
The 2015 conservation poster contest will be on “Local Heroes: Your Hardworking Pollinators.” More information about the poster contest and educational materials are available on the NACD website at www.nacdnet.org under the Stewardship and Education page.
For more information locally about the poster contest and Conservation District programs, please contact your local office: Kent Conservation District at 302-741-2600, Sussex Conservation District at 302-856-3990, or New Castle Conservation District at 302-832-3100.
Photos of the state winners are posted at Poster Contest Winners.
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