Conservation Contests

The 2020-2021 Contest Theme = "We All Live in a Watershed"

Overview

The NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts administers several educational contests each year to encourage students to learn about natural resources and conservation in their community. The contests have a different theme each year, and participants create products around that theme. Conservation Contests are a great way for students to learn about soil and water resources, and to cultivate important skills such as creativity, organization, and public speaking. Students can participate in the contests as a school project or an independent at-home activity. Student work is submitted to the local Soil and Water Conservation District to be judged (see more information below). Winners from each county advance to Area competitions. If they win at the Area competition, they advance to the State competition. 

Contests available in Haywood County:

  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade: Poster
  • 6th Grade: Poster, Essay, Computer-Generated Slideshow
  • 7th and 8th Grade: Speech/Public Speaking
  • 9th Grade: Computer-Designed Poster 

How are the contests judged?

Each contest has different rules and judging criteria, but all student work will be judged on its’ conservation message and originality (no plagiarism). We strongly encourage students to review the rules for the contest(s) they are participating in using this handbook. The handbook includes tips, scoresheets and instructions for product submission.

7th and 8th grade students wishing to participate in the Speech Contest will need to notify the District’s Education Coordinator of their intent to participate by December 23, 2020. The Speech Contest will take place in-person at the District’s annual Awards Night in February where participants will deliver their speech to a panel of judges.

Instructions for Submissions

All student submissions are due by December 23, 2020.

  • 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Posters: Posters can be dropped off at the USDA Service Center at 589 Raccoon Road, Waynesville, NC 28786 any time before or on December 23, 2020. Participants can also notify the Education Coordinator that they would like their poster picked up at their school. On the back of the poster, participants should include the following information:
    • Student’s name
    • Student’s grade
    • Student’s mailing address
    • Parent/Guardian’s email and phone number:
    • Teacher’s name
    • School
  • 6th Grade Essays: Essays can be dropped off at the USDA Service Center at 589 Raccoon Road, Waynesville, NC 28786 any time before or on December 23, 2020. Participants can also notify the Education Coordinator that they would like their essay picked up at their school. Essays can also be emailed directly to the Education Coordinator. On the back of the essay, participants should include the following information:
    • Student’s name
    • Student’s grade
    • Student’s mailing address
    • Parent/Guardian’s email and phone number:
    • Teacher’s name
    • School
  • 6th Grade Slideshows: Slideshows should be emailed to the Education Coordinator. At the end of the slideshow, students should insert 1 blank side followed by a slide with the following information listed on it.
    • Student’s name
    • Student’s grade
    • Student’s mailing address
    • Parent/Guardian’s email and phone number:
    • Teacher’s name
    • School
    • County
    • District
  • 7th and 8th Grade Speech: 7th and 8th grade students wishing to participate in the Speech Contest will need to notify the District’s Education Coordinator of their intent to participate by December 23, 2020. The Speech Contest will take place in-person at the District’s annual Awards Night in February where participants will deliver their speech to a panel of judges. Participants should include the following information in their intent to participate: 
    • Student’s name
    • Student’s grade
    • Student’s mailing address
    • Parent/Guardian’s email and phone number:
    • Teacher’s name
    • School
  • 9th Grade Computer-Designed Poster: Posters should be emailed to the Education Coordinator using one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, PDF, PNG, PPT, PUB, TIFF. On the second page of the poster document, students should include the following information:
    • Student’s name
    • Student’s grade
    • Student’s mailing address
    • Parent/Guardian’s email and phone number:
    • Teacher’s name
    • School
    • County
    • District

2019-2020 Conservation Contest Winners

Helpful Links

Conservation Teacher of the Year

Amy Harrington

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1st Place 3rd Grade Poster

Lillian Gibson

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1st Place 4th Grade Poster & 1st Place Area 1 4th Grade Poster

Shaun Messer

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1st Place 5th Grade Poster

Ennis Marcus

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1st Place 6th Grade Essay & 1st Place 6th Grade Slideshow

Dylan Doggett

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1st Place 7th Grade Speech & 1st Place Area 1 7th Grade Speech

Cecilia Morgan

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