The Yuma County Conservation District (YCCD) had students from 5th and 6th grade, at Idalia, Liberty and Wray, design posters and submit for the 2023 Conservation District Youth Poster Contest. The theme for this year is “Watersheds - One Water.”
The poster contest is a national competition sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). The contest starts at the local level through the YCCD; winners advance to the Colorado state level, and then to the national level, where they receive recognition at NACD’s annual meeting.
The top three posters from each school in the YCCD will receive: first place $20; second place $15 and third place will receive $10. In addition, the Overall Grand Champion receives $50, and the Reserve Grand Champion receives $25. These awards will be distributed at the YCCD Annual Meeting. The 2023 YCCD local contest winners are as follows:
Liberty 6th Graders: 1st place – Ryker Monahan
2nd place – Skyler Kechter
3rd place – Jarek Rojas
Idalia 5th Graders: 1st place – Saylor Weyerman
2nd place – Elliot Louthan
3rd place – Savannah Richardson
Idalia 6th Graders: 1st place – Ximena Cordova
2nd place – Charliann Soehner
3rd place – Emily Whomble
Wray 6th Graders: 1st place – Natalie Gonzalez – OVERALL GRAND CHAMPION
2nd place – Zoey Merritt – OVERALL RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION
3rd place – Heidi Garcia
The grand and reserve grand champions overall participated in the Colorado Association of Conservation District competition in Colorado Springs the first week of December.
The annual NACD and NACD Auxiliary Poster Contest provides students the chance to have their art displayed as part of a national conservation outreach initiative. Each year, the winning posters reflect NACD’s annual Stewardship theme and highlight the work of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies to protect and enhance natural resources.