Lincoln County sixth-grade students were tasked with writing a 300 to 500 word essay on the topic, “Wetlands are Wonderful” for the annual Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District essay contest. This contest has been going on for 42 years, according to Patty Dellinger, the director of the district. The purpose of the essay contest is to help in educating students on the importance of natural resources and ways to protect them.
Of all the essays written, teachers first pick a class winner and then one essay per school is submitted to the district office. The prizes for the county winners are as follows: 1st place - $100, 2nd place - $50, 3rd place - $30 and two honorable mentions - $20 each.
Jamie Curry from North Lincoln Middle School who took the audience on a wild ride through a wetland in her essay won first place. Second place went to Kaitlyn Gust from East Lincoln Middle School who wrote about a swallowtail butterfly’s place in a wetland and Ryan Conrad from Lincolnton Middle School took third place with his essay about the different animals living in a wetland. Chance Switzer from the Denver campus of Lincoln Charter School and Zaiden Hallman from West Lincoln Middle School received honorable mentions.
Curry will now compete in the state competition against winners from 12 other counties.