The Youth Education Committee hosted its 65th Annual State Conservation Awareness Poster & Speaking Contests virtually prior to the start of our 2022 annual conference.
The conservation poster awareness theme this year was Healthy Soils, Healthy Life. Those registered for the conference were allowed to vote for the winning posters prior to the start of the conference.
For the poster contest, the first-place winner 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 2023.
Click through the slideshows below to see the top posters from each division. To see the place, name, and county of the winners click on each poster.
Poster Contest Winners
First Place: Paizley Helmers, Sauk County
Second Place: Kennedy Whyte, Washington County
Third Place: Cecelia Green, Barron County
First Place: Alaina Belcher, Adams County
Second Place: Emma Pampuch, Trempealeau County
Third Place: Nora Schmied-Boelk, Portage County
First Place: Adelaide Woodward, Vernon County
Second Place: Katelyn McNelly, Portage County
Third Place: Pearl Hillary, Green County
First Place: Madison Wojciuch, Walworth County
Second Place: Austin Stickney, Shawano County
Third Place: Aubrie Marker, Washburn County
First Place: Kayla Weller, Sawyer County
Second Place: Sophia Roth, Green County
Third Place: Keaton Diffor, Washington County
Students from across Wisconsin submitted their speeches about relevant conservation topics, and these were judged by a panel prior to the start of the conference. Speeches had to address a relevant, soil and water conservation issue, with emphasis on the impact of the issue in their locality or in Wisconsin.
Watch the winning speech from each division!
1st place: Lachlan Mouw, Oneida County, Chinese Mystery Snail
2nd place: Kaleb Johnson, Trempealeau County, WI Walleye’s Hit a Wall
3rd place: Ellory Hauk, St. Croix County, Recycling in WI
1st place: Josephine Mehling, Pepin County, Burning Plastic & Creation of Dioxins
2nd place: Emma Schueller, Rusk County, Groundwater Contamination
3rd place: Halle Drew, Marquette County, Water Conservation Speech
1st place: Emma Mullin, Polk County, Conservation + Sustainability: Helping the Earth Help Us
2nd place: Cade Stankowski, Portage County, The Cost of Chemicals