Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District recently completed the annual Conservation Poster Contest at the local level.

This year’s theme was “Life in the Soil, Dig Deeper.”

Education specialist Melissa Waller conducted soils lessons for Bridgett Turner’s sixth grade middle school agriculture classes and Krista Skelton’s high school art classes.

“Their students put in a lot of hard work and had some impressive posters,” said Waller.

The middle school Future Farmers of America used these posters as part of their exhibit at the county fair.

The annual 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 conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies.

The poster contest theme follows the annual NACD Stewardship theme.

Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. Individuals and teachers with questions regarding district contests should contact their local district.

District winners advance to the state level. State winners advance to the national contest. National winners are recognized each year at the NACD annual meeting.

Three posters were submitted for state level judging.

Local winners for the fourth through sixth grade division were first place – Zara Williams, second place – Marcos Guerrero, third place – Harlee Wilkerson and fourth place – Shekeila Powell.

Local high school winners in the seventh through ninth grade division were first place – Janya Jackson, second place – Trinity Whitt, third place – Avryl Taylor, fourth place – Jordyn Lewis and fifth place – Alexis Barkley.

High school winners in the 10th through 12th grade division were first place – Kayla Jordan, second place – Lorien Reeves, third place – Keyara Williams, fourth place – Jakaya Boyd, and fifth place Haley Overby.

Zara Williams, Janya Jackson and Kayla Jordan will all compete at the state level.

“The Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District would like to thank all the students who participated in the contest as well as the Halifax County teachers and school administrators that helped promote the contest and allowed students the opportunity to participate. We hope to continue to provide opportunities and resources for conservation education and outreach efforts throughout Halifax County,” said Waller.