This year, the Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District sponsored the National Conservation Poster Contest. Each year the contest gives kindergarten through 12th grade students the opportunity to create and submit entries into the conservation-themed contest. The theme for this year’s contest is “We All Need Trees.”

Contest winners are first chosen at the local district level, and then the first-place winners for each category are submitted to the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts for judging at the state level. Winners of the state contest are submitted to the National Association of Conservation Districts for the national competition.

For the local contest this year, a total of 104 entries were received representing students from third grade through 12th grade. The number of places awarded in each category varied due to the number of contest entries in each category.

The 2016 winners of the Halifax SWCD poster contest are: (second-third grade) first place, Kaiyah Stephens; (fourth-sixth grade) first place, Lainne Taylor, second place, Ann Bottoms, third place, Jessica Wilborn, fourth place, Alexis Chandler, fifth place, Makayla Roach; (seventh-ninth grade) first place - Eden Collins, second place - DeMeisha Canada, third place - Asia Crawley, fourth place - Tiaja Moore, fifth place - Jayden Bomar; (10th-12th grade) first place - Shaniqua Ward, second place - Bobby Doane.

Due to an exceptionally high number of contest entries in the seventh to ninth grade category, the education committee of the Halifax SWCD also awarded five honorable mentions within that category. The honorable mentions went to (listed alphabetically): Sa’Mya Alvarez, Starr Brooks, Essence Carrington, James Langford and Jakiya Mitchell.

The Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District expressed appreciation to all the students who participated in the contest as well as the Halifax County teachers and school administrators who helped promote the contest and allowed students the opportunity to participate.