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Wharton County Soil/Water Awards Banquet

May 20, 2014 at 12:20 a.m.

Essay contest winners in the high school division, from left, are Kaitlyn Davlin, Amanda Casey and Dillan Wendel.

The Wharton County Soil and Water Conservation District No. 342 in conjunction with the 2014 Texas Conservation Awards sponsored a soil and water conservation poster and essay contest.

The 17th annual awards banquet was May 9 at the Crescent Fairgrounds in Wharton.

Poster Contest

The poster contest is open to students 12 and younger. The topic was "Where Does Your Water Shed," covering water resources, its cycle through nature and its importance to us.

The contest is divided into four age groups: 6 years old and under, 7 to 8, 9 to 10 and 11 to 12 years old. The best three posters are sent to Region III competition. The local winners will receive cash and a ribbon. There were 264 posters entered.

Receiving awards in the poster contest:

6 years old and under

75 entries

Daniela Manrriquez of Sivells Elementary, honorable mention; Miracle Williams of Sivells Elementary, honorable mention; Zoe Pavlas, of St. Philip, third; Nathan Henke of Myatt Elementary, second; Giana Martin, of St. Philip, first.

7 to 8 years old

122 entries

Zachary Henke of Hutchins Elementary, honorable mention; Mikayla Bustamante of Hutchins Elementary, honorable mention; Lake Wadsworth of St. Philip, third; Kyle Hurst of St. Philip, second; Bethany Baker of St. Philip, first.

9 to 10 years old

28 entries

Diana Mejia of Hutchins Elementary, honorable mention; Brenden Henke of Hutchins Elementary, third; Brittany Baker of St. Philip, third; Jackson Merck of St. Philip, second; Samantha Henke of Hutchins Elementary, first; Sarah Pavlas of St. Philip, first.

11 to 12 years old category

39 entries

Kade Bubela of Louise Jr. High, honorable mention; Leigha Tucker of Louise Jr. High, honorable mention; Christian Wagner of St. Philip, third; Cassidy Crowell of St. Philip, second; Emilie Bodungen of St. Philip, first.

Essay contest

The essay contest is open to students 18 years and younger. The essays are divided into two categories: junior high and high school. The topic for the essay contest was "How Soil and Water Conservation Improves Water." There were 110 essays turned in from Wharton County schools.

Receiving awards in the essay contest:

Junior High Division

32 entries

Shane Singleton of St. Philip, honorable mention; Chloe Jenkins, of St. Philip, honorable mention; Emily Poux of St. Philip, third; McKenzie Ellis of St. Philip, second; Blair Watz of St. Philip, first.

High School Division

78 entries

Dillan Wendel of Boling High School, honorable mention; Kaitlyn Davlin, of El Campo High School, honorable mention; Danielle Castillo of Boling High School, third; Amanda Casey of Wharton High School, second; Alyx Cunningham of Boling High School, first.

Other awards presented at the banquet included: Wharton County Commissioners Court, Outstanding Friends of Conservation award; Tracy Appling of Louise Junior High, Outstanding Teacher; and J. P. Appling and Sons, Outstanding Racher.

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