Soil and Water District honors students at Awards Night

Special to The Mountaineer
By Gail Heathman | Feb 20, 2013
Photo by: Donated photos STUDENTS HONORED — Pictured above are the Swaim sisters, Rachel, Natalie and Sarah — all won first place in contests. Rachel won for computer generated poster, Natalie for speech, and Sarah for slide show, plus second place essay. Below, Conservation Teacher of the Year is awarded to Janet Frazier, pictured with Gail Heathman.

Twenty-three students ranging from fourth- through ninth-grade were awarded cash prizes and trophies, after placing in a variety of contests sponsored by the Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District. This year’s theme was “Water…the Cycle of Life.”

The annual contests include a poster contest for third, fourth and fifth graders, essay or slide show (PowerPoint) contests for sixth-graders, public speaking contests for seventh- and eighth-graders and a computer-generated poster contest for ninth-graders. While teachers are usually the link between the district and the students, if a child’s teacher does not choose to participate in the contests, individual students can submit an entry on their own.

Except for the public speaking contest, all contest entries were judged in advance and the top four winners of each contest were invited to attend awards night, held at the Regional High Tech Center. The speech contestants gave their speeches before the audience and a panel of judges. Afterward, all winners were awarded trophies and prize money.

First place winners will compete against students from surrounding counties in the area contests Feb. 26, at the USDA Service Center on Raccoon Road. Area winners will advance to state competition in Raleigh, to be held in May.

The District also honored Janet Frazier as 2013 Conservation Teacher of the Year for her involvement in the district’s environmental education programs. Frazier, who teaches academically gifted students at Bethel and Canton Middle Schools, serves as an advisor to Envirothon teams and has her students participate in the district’s essay, slide show and public speaking contests each year.

Winning students were:

• Fourth grade poster: first place, Riley Smith, Riverbend Elementary; second place, Hudson Carver, N. Canton Elementary; third place, Haley Gruner, Riverbend Elementary; Honorable Mention, Brayden West, N. Canton Elementary

• Fifth grade poster: first place, Alexandria Traynham, Junaluska Elementary; second place, Ricardo Reyes, Junaluska Elementary; third place, Luz Gonzalez, Clyde Elementary; Honorable Mention, Warren Reinman, Junaluska Elementary

• Sixth grade essay: first place, Daniel LaFata, BMS; second place, Sarah Swaim, WMS; third place, Ashley Duvall, BMS; Honorable Mention, Cory Lapkoff, WMS

• Sixth grade slide show: first place, Sarah Swaim, WMS, second place, Cecilia DellaSavia, BMS; third place, Elizabeth Curley, BMS; Honorable Mention, Patrick Trantham, CMS

• Seventh grade public speaking: first place, Natalie Swaim, WMS; second place, Lisa Cates, WMS

• Eighth grade public speaking: first place, Brittani Clark, WMS; second place, Sarah Smart, WMS; third place, Teal Woodard, WMS; Honorable Mention, Gabriel Frazier, BMS

• Ninth grade computer-generated poster: first place, Rachel Swaim, Tuscola High School.

Gail Heathman is the education coordinator for Haywood SWCD.



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