|Parker Tuten and proud mother Dorcas|
The annual recognition banquet for students that participate in educational contests about conservation of the outdoors was held on April 26 at the Coastal Outback Building. The Colleton Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors the essay and poster contests and proposes the topic for discussion. The Topic in 2016 is that We All Need Trees for essential elements of life like air, water, shelter, food, clothing and soil.
|2016 Banquet Program|
The poster contest is a great way to show that sentiment in colorful depictions, and it’s open for students from Kindergarten through fifth grade and it is a class project. Out of the 19 total entries there were 6 winners, one each from K - 5, and the teachers of the winning classes were recognized at the awards banquet. An essay contest is open to students in the sixth, seventh and eight grades. Out of a whopping 93 total essays submitted, nine winners were chosen with first, second and third places awarded for each grade. Students from Colleton Preparatory Academy claimed 6 of these awards while North Walterboro Christian Academy had three essay award winners.
|I.M. Benton with John Litchfield|
With the student recognition complete, District commissioner I.M. Benton presented the Conservationist of the Year award to John B. Litchfield for his lifetime of work in the cattle industry. “All this man ever did was get up each and every day and work hard to improve his own farm, and to cooperate with other cattle producers in the County to promote success for all,” said Benton. Guests on hand to see Mr. Litchfield accept the award included his family members and friends like fellow longtime cattleman Royce Herndon.
To view the feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.
To view past blog entries from the Soil and Water Awards click 2015 - 2014- 2013 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009
|Essay contest winner Ashleigh Hall and her parents|