Soil, Water student contests announced

Entry deadline is Jan. 25
Dec 31, 2012

There are a variety of fun ways to reinforce the things children learn, including the potential for winning a prize — and Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District is offering students a chance to participate in one of its annual contests.

This year’s theme is “Water…the Cycle of Life.”

Teachers often have their students enter the contests, but if a child’s teacher is not participating, students are welcome to enter the contests on their own (one entry per student).

The contests and eligible grades are:

Poster – open to third-, fourth- and fifth-graders

Essay – open to sixth-graders

PowerPoint – open to sixth-graders

Public Speaking – open to seventh- and eighth-graders

Computer-generated poster – open to ninth-graders

The contest deadline is Friday, Jan. 25. Entries should be submitted to the district office, 589 Raccoon Road, in Waynesville (across from the Mountain Research Station). Students who plan to compete in the public speaking (speech) contest should contact Gail Heathman at 452-2741, ext. 3 or email .

Winning students will be notified and invited to attend Awards Night Feb. 7, to receive prize money and trophy. Students competing in the public speaking contests will give their speeches that evening. First place district winners advance to the area competition, and area winners qualify to compete in the state competition in May.

For contest rules and guidelines, contact Gail Heathman or visit the district’s website under “Departments” at