From Cherokee, the fourth grade winners are Nicole McLaughlin -- First Place, Alexa Timmerman - Second Place, and Jake Zwiefel -- Third Place.
This year's poster theme was "Forests For People." Assistant Commissioner Ginger Walker, who is also Director of the Cherokee County Conservation Board, went to the schools and talked to the students about the benefits of forests to people.
They discussed the ways forests and the use of forests have changed throughout history, looked at maps that show how fortunate we are in Cherokee County to still have most of the forests that the pioneers found here, and shared stories about how we personally enjoy forests.
Walker also explained the rules of the poster contest. Posters were judged on the following criteria: conservation message -- 50%, visual effectiveness -- 30%, universal appeal -- 10%, and originality -- 10%.
An awards program was held at the Cherokee County Conservation Board on May 2. Cash awards, ribbons, and certificates were presented to the first, second, and third place winners from Cherokee, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, and Aurelia Schools.
The Cherokee County Overall Winner was Nicole McLaughlin from Cherokee, whose poster will be sent on to compete in the Conservation Districts of Iowa Regional competition. Winners announced from the regional level this summer will then move on to the state and national level for additional judging, and possible awards.
All of the posters that were entered in the contest will be displayed at the Sanford Museum in Cherokee during the month of June.