Students win in regional Soil and Water contests

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Wilson County had several winners in the Area IV Soil and Water Conservation District’s competition.

Isabelle Parker of Greenfield School won first place in the sixth-grade poster contest.

Asun Pender of Speight Middle School won first place in the sixth-grade essay contest, and Allie Miller of Rock Ridge Elementary School won second place in the third-grade poster contest.

Winning first place in the public speaking contest for seventh grade was Mesha Strickland, and winning first place in the public speaking for the eighth grade was Mary Thomas Watkins, both of Elm City Middle School.

The Area IV Soil and Water Conservation poster, essay, public speaking, and slide show contests consist of competition among students from Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Vance, Wake, Warren and Wilson counties.

Students began locally with the Wilson Soil and Water District contest, and by placing first, they advanced to the Area IV level and then to the state level.

At the local level, upon request, the district staff visits schools and presents programs related to the contest theme. After the local contest, when all the results are final, a banquet is held in December to honor all those who placed in the county competition. First-place winners then move on to the Area IV competition, where students who win first place receive a certificate and $100 and advance to the state competition.