Conservation District presents awards program

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By The Staff

The Henry County Conservation District Board of Supervisors co-sponsors each fall with Farm Bureau Federation, a Conservation Art/Writing Contest for all students in the Henry County and Eminence school systems.  On Thursday evening March 12 they hosted an Awards Program for the winners.   The theme of this year’s contest was “Working Trees: Kentucky Renewable Future”.  A large crowd of parents and students enjoyed a cook-out meal and an informative presentation from Steve Graves, Senior Forester from Kentucky Division of Forestry.  He reminded the group of the many uses trees provide in our daily lives.  Another service offered by the Division is the evaluation of an existing forest land and how to manage it to the best advantage for conservation and utilization.


Included in the awards were savings bonds, certificates, checks and tee-shirts.


Winners in the ART contest were:


First County – Cameron Mathis, Eminence


Second County – Christopher Priddy, Eastern


Third County – Megan Clifford, New Castle


Second Place School:


Smanatha Cain, New Castle


Katelyn Vanlandingham, Eminence


Ali Edelen, Eastern


Third Place School:


Tiffany Powell, New Castle


Kalie Roberts, Eminence


Casey McKinney, Eastern


New Castle Room Winners: Lydia White, Brianna Carroll, Taylor Ray, Lauren VanMeter, Jesse Potts, Tyler Potter, Adriana Salis, MaKynzie Sailings, Katherine Buckler, Emily Sharp, Jaime Woodson and Ben Hunter


Eastern room Winner — Morgan MaGuire


Winners in the WRITING contest:


First County – Casey Heightchew


Second County – Dillon Owen    


Third County – Jessica Downey


Henry County High School:


3rd:  Megan Issacs


Marshall Banta Conservation Education Grant


The Henry County Conservation District awards a conservation education grant annually to any teacher/school who meets the application guidelines.  This request for projects can be in the form of an outdoor classroom, butterfly gardens, observation of nature areas, bird feeders or purchasing teaching tools related to conservation education.  


The District Board of Supervisors chose two recipients for 2009. Lindsey Cottrell, Agriculture teacher, Henry County High School submitted a project request to revamp the school courtyard.   Ballard Metcalfe from Eminence High School submitted an application to establish an outdoor classroom at the school. The District Board is pleased to award each of these applicants $500 to apply toward completion of these important conservation projects.