The Cherokee County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Commissioners are pleased to announce this year's fourth grade conservation poster winners.
From Cherokee the winners are Mikey Burkhart -- First Place, Lauren Shea - Second Place, and Kaysie Johnson -- Third Place. Aurelia's winners are Chloe Kruger -- First Place, Elizabeth Reilly -- Second Place, and Kirah Kolpin -- Third Place. From MMC the winners are Kaitlyn Goth -- First Place, Gretchen Ruba -- Second Place, and Trista Johnston -- Third Place.
Posters were judged on the following criteria: conservation message -- 50%, visual effectiveness -- 30%, universal appeal -- 10%, and originality -- 10%.
This year's poster theme was "Soil To Spoon". Assistant Commissioner Scott Osborn went to the schools and reviewed the poster program rules and prizes and talked to the students about the food chain and how everything that we consume interacts with or is a product of our soils.
Scott used an apple to show how much of the earth's useable soils (which is only a very tiny portion of the earth) are available to feed the world's population and how important it is to protect this valuable resource.
Cash awards, ribbons, and certificates were presented to the first, second, and third place winners from each school.
The Cherokee County Overall Winner was Chloe Kruger from Aurelia, whose poster has been 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.