Columbia, SC—Three Richland County students received statewide recognitions from the South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts in the 2019 Conservation Poster Contest. Evan Outlaw, now a 3rd grade student at Catawba Trail Elementary, took first place in the 2nd-3rd grade category. Taylor Kohn, now an 11th grade student at the Sisältö Institutti, took first place in the 10th-12th grade category. And Samara Wilkins, now a 2nd grade student at Edward E. Taylor Elementary, received an honorable mention in the K-1st grade category. These students were all recognized for their poster contest entries at the local level in May, 2019.
The 2019 Conservation Poster Contest theme was Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper. Students were asked to illustrate what healthy soil looks like, and to show that soil is far more than just dirt. Students (nearly 150 in Richland County alone!) depicted soil as something beautiful, and through their participation in the contest, students were encouraged to care for our earth’s soil.
Outlaw’s poster portrayed a lively soil sample, full of beneficial bacteria and small earth-dwelling creatures. Kohn’s poster depicted a soil profile interwebbed with an intricate root system. A healthy soil supports plant-life, and plant roots help create expansive pore spaces through which ample water and air can travel. Both Outlaw and Kohn will receive a cash award, and their posters will progress to the national competition. Wilkins will receive a special certificate of appreciation.
The South Carolina Conservation Poster Contest is supported and administered locally by each county’s Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). State winners in the 2019 Contest include:
- K-1st Grade: Aislyn McGranigle- Kershaw SWCD
- 2nd-3rd Grade: Evan Carl Outlaw – Richland SWCD
- 4th-6th Grade: Makenzie C. Jean- Lancaster SWCD
- 7th-9th Grade: Makila Attarwala – Lexington SWCD
- 10th-12th Grade: Taylor Noelle Kohn- Richland SWCD
Several students were also given honorable mentions and were recognized for their outstanding participation. Special recognitions include:
- Juan Covarrubias- Kershaw SWCD
- Patterson Greene – Cherokee SWCD
- Kinsley Blackwell – Cherokee SWCD
- Griffin Coulter – Clarendon SWCD
- Samuel Bishop – Cherokee SWCD
- Claire Gilfillan – York SWCD
- Samara Wilkins- Richland SWCD
The Conservation Poster Contest is an annual education program hosted by the Richland SWCD with support from the South Carolina and National Associations of Conservation Districts. The 2020 Contest theme is “Where Would We BEE without Pollinators?” and entries were due by May 8th, 2020 to be considered for awards. More than 40 students entered the 2020 contest, and results of the contest will be announced in early June.
For more information about the Richland SWCD’s conservation education programs, contact Chanda Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Conservation Districts are political subdivisions of state government under the local direction of five-member Boards of Commissioners. In South Carolina, Conservation District boundaries conform to County boundaries. The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District promotes the wise use and care of natural resources for long-term sustainability.
Richland Soil and Water Conservation District
2020 Hampton Street, Room 3063A
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone (803) 576-2080
Fax (803) 576-2088