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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.