The Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual poster contests for county students in third through sixth grade.

The purpose of the contests is to educate students about issues that affect land and water sources. This year’s theme was “Wetlands are Wonderful.”

Third graders from Summit Charter School and one from Cullowhee Valley School, fourth graders from Fairview and sixth graders from Scotts Creek and Fairview participated in the poster contest to earn this year’s top places.

Winning students each received a trophy and prize money: $50 for first place, $25 for second and $15 for third. The teacher of the winning student also received $50 in recognition of their contribution to the students’ success.

Third grade poster winners were: first – Madison Pineda (second Place at Area), second – Charlotte Bumgarner, third – Brooks Bolton. All of them are from Chrissy Hughes’ Summit Charter class.

Fourth grade poster winners were: first – Savannah Hebenstreit, second – Mischa Cottrell, third – Jaxon Fisher. All are from Nancy Crawford’s Fairview class.

Sixth grade poster winners were: first – Hadley Jenkins (second place at Area), second – Delilah Smith, third- Shaylin Green. All are from Ray Crawford’s Fairview class.

The first place posters advanced to the Area 1 Contest in Waynesville on Feb. 25 where they competed against winners from the 15 other Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Area 1.

Jenkins’ and Pineda’s posters both placed second at the Area 1 competition. Each will receive an additional $25 for their wins there.

For more information on Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District’s contests and education programs contact Jane Fitzgerald at 586-5465.