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More than 100 students from Pine Valley Elementary School, Williston Middle School and Wilmington Academy of Arts and Science (WAAS) recently participated in a countywide Soil and Water Conservation District art contest.

The New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation District holds a poster contest annually that is open to all students in third- through sixth-grades. A winner is selected in each grade level. Sixth graders can also participate in essay and PowerPoint presentation contests, while seventh- and eighth-graders participated in speech contests, and ninth graders participated in a computer-generated poster contest.

This year’s contest theme was “wetlands are wonderful.”

First-place finishers on the county level were:

Poster contests: Emily Petty (third grade, Pine Valley), Lily Walters (fourth grade, Pine Valley), Nico Nez (fifth grade, Pine Valley), Aileen Naveda San Juan (sixth grade, Williston)

Essay contest: Emma Johnson (sixth grade, WAAS)

Speech contest: Andreea Chirica (seventh grade, WAAS)

All of these students moved on to the 12-county Area 6 competitions. Andreea Chririca placed first in the Area 6 speech competition and then received honorable mention at the state level.

New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District will hold an awards and recognition ceremony for local winners at 4 p.m. May 27 in the south atrium of the New Hanover County Government Center. Winning contest entries and honorable mentions will be on display for viewing. The public is invited to attend this ceremony and celebrate the achievements of the local students.

For more information on how to participate in local, regional and state Soil and Water Conservation District contests, click here or contact staff at New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District at (910) 798-7130.