Contest awards presented

Monday, June 17, 2019
 Cherokee – From left to right: Deidra Doeden, Josie Yeoh, and AJ Wolcott.

Earlier this spring, 4th grade students from Cherokee, MMCRU, Aurelia, and River Valley had an opportunity to participate in the Cherokee County Soil & Water Conservation District’s poster contest.

The theme of this year’s contest was “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper”. Nick Livermore, Soil Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Laura Jones, Cherokee County Naturalist, spent time in each 4th grade classroom explaining the poster contest, as well as conducting a program on soil. Nick and Laura explained the characteristics and contents between each layer of soil, building a soil profile. The profile was labeled (i.e. O, A, B, C, R) and represented with Tupperware containers, each contained items that you would find in each layer of the soil. Some layers contained tablets playing videos of worm activity and microbes, another contained plastic worms and real bones, another had a badger pelt, and another contained rocks. The contents were to remind students that there is life in each of the layers, both big and small, that plays an important role in providing food and materials for all to live. In fact, soil is home to many living things.  Because of that, we have to take care of it and change the way we live and farm to keep our soil healthy and in place.

Posters were judged on the following criteria: 50% for conservation message, 30% for visual effectiveness, 10% for originality, and 10% for universal appeal.

Cherokee SWCD Commissioner Ramona Nitz presented the first, second, and third place winners from each school with ribbons, certificates, and Dairy Queen gift cards from the Cherokee SWCD.

From Aurelia the winners were Rory Allen – First Place, Charles Corbin – Second Place, and Ellie Bloom - Third Place. Cherokee’s winners were Deidra Doeden – 1st place, Josie Yeoh – 2nd place, and AJ Wolcott – 3rd place. From MMCRU the winners were Kaylee Simons – 1st place, Aubrey Dirks – 2nd place, and Brayan Hill – 3rd place. River Valley’s winners were Gunnar Wagner – 1st place, Ellie Hansen – 2nd place, and Payton Trapp – 3rd place.

Deidra Doeden was chosen as the overall winner for Cherokee County and her poster was sent to the Conservation Districts of Iowa Regional Director for the regional competition.

All the participating students’ posters can be viewed at the Sanford Museum during the month of June.

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