WGCD’s 2019 Conservation Poster Winners Recognized

Greeley, CO – Three local students were recognized at the West Greeley Conservation District’s (WGCD) Annual Dinner Meeting and Awards Thursday (11/14/2019) in front of over 200 attendees at Island Grove Regional Park. These students earned this recognition by creating lovely conservation posters exhibiting this year’s theme:

“Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper.”

First place went to Autumn Tracy a 6th grade student at Windsor Middle School in Corrina Hotra’s Art class. Second and third place honors went to 6th graders in Mindy Hughes class at Dayspring Christian Academy. Second place recognized Isabella “Bella” Flores artwork and 3rd place was earned by Chloe Wright.

Autumn’s 1st place poster was sent to the state level competition, where a winner  will be selected by judges later this month (Nov).  If Autumn wins again, her poster will compete nationally in Washington, D.C. in January.

WGCD launched their annual Conservation Poster Contest for 6th grade youth at the local level in mid-August. WGCD serves 66 percent of Weld County. All 6th graders from schools in their service area were invited to participate. Letters went to school Principals and their 6th grade classroom teachers, science and art teachers inviting learning and participation.

“This is one of many ways WGCD promotes educational opportunities,” Kandee Nourse, WGCD Manager said. “Each participating teacher received an education packet with soil resources, that coincide with state earth science standards, including a colorful Power Point and a full sheet of online resource to compliment the teacher’s educational curriculum.”

Poster were evaluated using the following criteria:

  • 50 percent how well the conservation message was shared
  • 30 percent visual effectiveness
  • 10 percent originality of the student’s artwork creations
  • 10 percent universal appeal

The District awarded cash prizes; $100 to Autumn; $75 to Bella and $50 to Chloe. The teachers received gift cards to purchase classroom supplies as a thank you for coordinating this activity.  {{see photos of winners}}

For more information you may contact Kristi Helzer, Community Outreach and Education Coordinator, WGCD 970-534-2320 or kristi.helzer@wgcd.org.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.