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Students honored at soil and water conservation program

Posted Friday, April 14, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - On Wednesday, April 12, the Chatham County Soil and Water Conservation District honored Chatham County elementary and middle school students who participated in its annual essay and poster contests. The ceremony was held in the auditorium of the agriculture building in Pittsboro and was followed by a luncheon for the students, their parents, and school personnel in attendance.

Brenda Williams, educational district coordinator of the Chatham County Soil & Water Conservation District, and John Etchison, Chairman of the Chatham County Soil and Water Board of Supervisors, served as masters of ceremony and recognized students who placed or won at the county level.

Students in grades three through six are eligible each year to participate in the voluntary poster contest. A first, second, and third place winner was selected from each grade level. The Soil and Water Poster contest began in the 1960s. The 2006 theme was “Water…the Cycle of Life.” The posters displayed content significant to the nature of conservation. The project provided students with the opportunity to apply skills such as following directions, creative thinking, art, conservation, and knowledge of the water cycle. Each student who placed received a t-shirt, a certificate, and a monetary award.

In third grade three students from Bennett School were recognized. Adam Teague won first place; Christopher Murchison won second place; and Will Jones won third place. Bonlee third grader Dakota Stevens was recognized as the honorable mention. Williams also recognized Mrs. Cox, third grade teacher at Bennett, for helping her students submit outstanding posters.

In fourth grade Miranda Laird from Siler City Elementary School won first place. Eleni Brantley from Pittsboro Elementary School won second place. Christian Cortez from Siler City Elementary won third place. Daniel Spivey from Bonlee was recognized as the honorable mention.

In fifth grade Anthony Light from Perry Harrison School won first place. Rachel Wynne from North Chatham School won second place. Kendal Atwater from Perry Harrison School won third place. Cade McIntyre from J.S. Waters was recognized as the honorable mention.

In sixth grade three students from Horton School were recognized. Andria McLamb won first place; Caleb Morriswon second place; and Olivia Kutsch won third place. Kierra Carter from Silk Hope and Craig Dunn from J.S. Waters were recognized as the honorable mentions. Williams also recognized Ms. Callicut, a science teacher at Horton, for helping her students submit outstanding posters.

Sixth graders are also eligible to participate in an essay contest. Three students, all from J.S. Waters School, were recognized for their essays about water conservation. Maia Swan won first place; Daniel Tysor won second place; and Anna Johnson won third place. Williams commented that other students in Mrs. Caudle's class were the honorable mentions because there were too many outstanding essays to choose a single honorable mention.

The first place winner from each grade level had his or her poster entered into the Area 3 Soil and Water Conservation District Contest. Swan's essay and Teague's poster each won second place. These students received a monetary award, a certificate, and a medallion.

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