Three local 6th grade students’ artwork won top honors in the West Greeley Conservation District’s (WGCD) annual Conservation Poster Contest. The students earned this recognition by creating original conservation posters exhibiting this year’s theme “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities.”
First place went to Jozie Duran, from Ellen Gamora’s Science class at Severance Middle School. Second and 3rd place honors respectively went to Cole Garrod and Savana Isom students in Corrina Hotra’s Art class at Windsor Middle School.
The first and second place posters will now move up to the Colorado Association of Conservation District (CACD) state-wide judging this month (November) at the annual Colorado meeting. The top two posters capturing the most votes at state will go on to the national level and be judged at NACD in January.
WGCD launched their annual Conservation Poster Contest for 6th grade youth at the local level in August the week after school opened to students. WGCD serves 66 percent of Weld County. All 6th graders from schools within their service area were invited to participate. Letters went to school Principals and 6th grade science and art teachers to encourage broad participation and to provide the schools with education packets to share with their youth – teaching them about the importance of Trees that work 24/7 providing the oxygen in the air we breathe.
“This contest is one of many ways WGCD promotes educational opportunities to youth,” Kristi Helzer, WGCD Community Outreach and Education Coordinator said. “Each participating teacher received a Power Point presentation, web links, and science resources that coincide with state earth science standards to compliment the teacher’s educational curriculum. This doesn’t add to their work-load, it enhances learning opportunities for their students.”
Other middle schools that participated this year included: University, Fred Tjardes School of Innovation, Highland, and Platte Valley.
Poster were evaluated following the national criteria:
- 50% how well the conservation message was shared
- 30% visual effectiveness
- 10% originality of the student’s artwork creations
- 10% universal appeal
West Greeley awarded cash prizes to the students and recognized them at their Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at the Double Tree on Thursday evening, November 4. Duran received $100; $75 went to Garrod and $50 to Isom. The teachers received gift cards and thank you packets for coordinating this opportunity for their students.