2018 Poster & Speaking Contest Winners
Congratulations to all youth poster & speaking participants!
The Wisconsin Land+Water Conservation Association hosted its 65th Annual Conservation Conference at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva on March 14-16, 2018. As part of the conference, the Wisconsin Land +Water Youth Education Committee hosted the 61st Annual Conservation Awareness Poster and Speaking Contests where Association members voted on student posters and volunteers from County Land Conservation Departments (LCDs) and members of the Youth Education Committee judged the speaking contest. The first place winning speakers from the elementary, junior and senior divisions presented their award-winning speeches to a crowd of over 370 conservation professionals and guests from across the state at the conference's opening luncheon. Speeches had to address a relevant, soil and water conservation issue, with emphasis on the impact of the issue in their locaity or in Wisconsin.
For the poster contest, the first place winners in the primary, elementary, middle, junior and senior division will move on to represent Wisconsin at the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Poster Contest held at the NACD annual meeting in 2019. The conservation poster awareness theme this year was "Watershed Our Water, Our Home."
Eric Paulsen, Co-Host of Discover Wisconsin and Host of the speaking contest and Jim VandenBrook, Executive Director of Wisconsin Land+Water awarded the speaking contest winners with trophies and recognized all of the students who particiapte across Wisconsin for their outstanding speeches and posters, and their commitment to conservation. "The student posters and speeches are the best way to kick-off our annual conference, as their passion and enthusiasm for conservation reminds us all of the importance of protecting and improving our land and water for future generations," said VandenBrook, "Our members love seeing and listening to the timely topics that the students choose and it is encouraging to see these students drawing attention to critical conservation issues impacting Wisconsin. The knowledge that these students have on these issues shows that this next generation understands what it will take to protect and conserve our natural resources."
Paulsen delievered the closing remarks for the speaking contest thanking the participants for the incredible amount of hard work they put into their speeches and posters. "It was so enjoyable to host the WI Land+Water Conservcation speaking contest again this year. These students put together and delivers some really good speeches with impressive poise in front of hundreds of people. No stammering around, barely any notes... I can learn a thing or two from them!" said Paulsen, "And whether with their posters or speeches, their level of knowledge and caring coupled with their communication skills keeps me optimistic that they will be important stewards for our state's conservation issues moveing forward."
The conservation awareness poster and speaking contests are two of the many programs that our Youth Education committee coordinates to educate and inspire Wisconsin’s youth about the importance of stewardship and caring for our natural resources.
Speaking Contest Winners
First place: Oliver Remus Trempealeau County- "The Necessity of Nutrient Management"
Second place: Vincent Vogland Burnett County- "Round Goby"
Third place: Rhiannon Reichenbacher Outagamie County- "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle"
First place: Clara Koles Waupaca County "Toxic Blue-Green Algae: A Growing Threat in WI
Second place: Carlton Miller Washburn County "Carp: A High-flying Problem"
Third place: Tarren Hoffman Wood County "The Green Invader"
First place: Caleb Bergum- Vernon County "The History of Soil Conservation in Southwest Wisconsin"
Second place: Benjamin Styer-Dunn County "America Relax-Your Food is that Safe!"
Third place: Austin Stankowski-Portage County "Recruit, Recruit, Recruit!"
Poster Contest Winners
PRIMARY DIVISION (GRADES K-1)
First place: Marit Lettau, Winnebago County
Second place: Matthew Carlson, Portage County
Third place: Cora Parchim, Marinette County
ELEMENTARY DIVISION (GRADES 2-3)
First place: Ciara Waltenberg, Portage County
Second place: Joshua Knapp, Green Lake County
Third place: Mekayla Guzman, Buffalo County
MIDDLE DIVISION (GRADES 4-6)
First place: Elaina Nemes, Vernon County
Second place: Nolan Miller, Washburn County
Third place: Zosia Rusniaczek, Fond du Lac County
JUNIOR DIVISION (GRADES 7-9)
First place: Ignacio Median, Outagamie County
Second placec: Becca Stoeckmann, Washington County
Third place: Brooklyn Rasmussen-Oconto County
SENIOR DIVISION (GRADES 10-12)
First place: Kennedy Robelia, Pepin County
Second place: Madeline Schultz, Marinette County
Third place: Brynna Hawk, Wood County
"It was so enjoyable to host the WI Land+Water Conservation speaking contest again this year. These students put together and deliever some very good speeches with impressive poise in front of hundreds of people. No stammering around, barely any notes...I can learn a thing or two from them!" said Paulsen, "And whether with their posters or speeches, their level of knowledge and caring coupled with their communication skills keeps me optimistic that they will be important stewards for our state's conservation issues moving forward."
Eric Paulsen, Co-Host Discover Wisconsin