Winners of the Land and Water speaking contest pose with their awards. Pictured, from left, with county conservationist Michele Saudauskas, are Eli Erickson, Ella Spears, Jenn Erikson, Kaya Szews, Samantha Gardner, Tobias Volkman, Kaylee Graves and Traeton Fogerty.
The subject of the Land and Water poster contest was “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Homes.” Judging has been completed but the posters themselves still adorn the walls of the hallway outside the zoning office in the Oneida County Courthouse.
2/10/2018 7:29:00 AM Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department announces poster contest winners
The judging for the 2018 National Conservation Poster Contest has been completed. The national contest was open to area students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Local entrants varied in age from fourth to ninth grade and were split into two divisions. The Middle Division was made up of fourth- through sixth-graders while the Junior Division consisted of seventh- through ninth-graders.
Students were charged with making a poster with the stewardship title "Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home." While those words were required to be on every poster, the rest was left up to the interpretation of the students. Poster size was limited to 14x22, but any media could be used including paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, stickers paper or other materials.
Posters were judged on three areas. In the general category they were judged on relevance to theme, originality and evidence of thought or time put into the poster. In the area of art, the deciding factors were neatness, ability to be read from 10 feet away, and being well-planned with good use of space, balance, color and medium. From the conservation standpoint, posters were to convey a positive conservation method, be an accurate illustration of natural resources and show a good understanding of the conservation concept.
"Judging is never easy," Oneida County AIS coordinator Stephanie Boismenue said. "The kids have such great ideas and they are so creative."
The hallways between the zoning office and the land and water department were lined with posters, giving the judges plenty to look at and think about. During judging, the panel of judges walked up and down the hall of the courthouse carefully considering each entry. The entries in each category were narrowed down based on votes. From there each judge was given a scorecard to fill out for each poster, rating all of the items above on a scale from one to five.
In the end, after a difficult judging period, first, second and third place were determined in both the middle division and the junior division. Once all of the points were totaled in each category for each poster, the judges selected the winners based on those points.
The second half of the contest was a speaking contest. That contest was held in the Oneida County Board Room. Each participating student created and recited their own speech with the same theme: "Watersheds, Our Water, Our Home."
Entrants took turns giving their speech to the audience, including the judges. Judges would not find determining winners in this contest any easier than in the poster contest, but were able to select a first through third place speaker in the elementary division and a first place speaker in the senior division.
From here, contest winners will move on to the area competition.
The area speaking contest was to be held Friday in Wisconsin Rapids. Winners there will move on to a state-level competition March 14 in Lake Geneva.
Beckie Gaskill may be reached via email at email@example.com.
The Northwoods River News | Walker Communications, LLC 232 S. Courtney Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501 | Office (715) 365-6397 | Fax (715) 365-6361
Corporate billing office: The Lakeland Times / Lakeland Printing Inc. | P.O. Box 790, Minocqua, WI 54548 | (715) 356-5236 | Fax (715) 358-2121 Members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Community Papers, Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce