Winners of the Soil and Water Conservation District essay contest read their essays at the Rotary Club of Lincolnton’s meeting on Monday. The District has sponsored the contest since 1974 and the Rotary Club has recognized the winners since 1978. A set of essay topics were chosen by the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Education Committee and are on a rotating schedule.

This year’s topic was “The Living Soil.”

All sixth grade students in the county write an essay. One winner from each class is chosen by the class teacher, then one essay is selected to represent the school. The District receives five essays to judge.

The first place essay will advance to the Area VIII contest to compete against the winners in 11 other counties. The area VIII winner will advance to the state contest.

The first place essay will now advance to the Area VIII contest which consists of 11 other counties. The Area VIII winner will be entered into the State contest.  The first place winner will also be recognized at the District’s award banquet in August.

Winners include:

First Place, $100: Daniel Overbay, ELMS. Teacher: Kim Rehfuss.

Second Place, $50. Lander (Lulu) King, LMS. Teacher: Ben Shook

Third Place Winner, $30: Isabel Nishek, NLMS. Teacher: Abby Parker

Honorable Mentions, $20: Rell McNeill LCS-Denver. Teacher Trisha Amos.

Emma Willis, WLMS. Teacher: Angelia Harr

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