2016-2017 Poster & Essay Contest Winners

"Soil and Water....Yours for Life" Conservation Poster and Essay Contest theme for 2016 to 2017.

Winners

Congratulations to our County's poster and essay winners! Mark Chhim, a 6th grade student from Ledford Middle School, and Zachary Spease, a 6th grade student from Oak Grove Middle School whose poster and essay were both selected as the Davidson County 1st place winners. 

Zachary's essay and Mark's poster were entered in the Area VIII Contest, which consists of 12 Counties. Zachary's essay was awarded 2nd place in the Area VIII Contest. Mark's poster was selected as the 1st place winner. His poster was also entered in the North Carolina State Contest and received Honorable Mention. 

Mark and Zachary were presented with trophies, plaques, certificates, and monetary awards at their school awards assembly. Congratulations to both of you!

Mark Chhim's Poster

Mark Chhim's Poster

Zachary Spease Essay

"Soil and water are two of the most important things in the world. Water and soil are both essential to plant and animal life. All plants, animals and people have to have clean water to survive. Besides drinking, water is also used for cleaning, bathing, and cooking. Soil is important for sustaining plant and animal life, and it provides support for our homes. It takes 500 years to form an inch of topsoil, so it is not quickly replaced. Soil is made of mineral matter, organic matter, water and air. It is 45% mineral matter, 5% organic matter, 25% water and 25% air. Without soil and water, we would not be here. We need to start conserving water and soil, so it is here for generations to come.

One of the best ways to conserve soil and water would be to prevent pollution. Pollution is when you introduce a harmful substance to the environment. An example is littering in streams, rivers and lakes. Some ways to prevent pollution are to recycle and reuse, stop littering and reduce burning of waste. We also need to reduce the use of pesticides, fertilizers and weed killers to prevent runoff into the soil and water.
Also, many people don't understand the importance of soil and water, so we need to educate them. One way would be to start by creating agronomy clubs that could work on environmental projects. For example, they could develop ways to prevent runoff from taking our soil and create inventions to stop pollution. Another way we can help is creating community events, like the NC Big Sweep to clean out streams, rivers, lakes and land.

Farmers have developed many ways to conserve soil so that it is fertile for years to come. Some of the methods are contour plowing, conservation plowing and crop rotation. Farmers use these every year to help grow their crops. Crop rotation is when you grow different types of plants in a different field each year. Contour plowing is when farmers farm around hills. Conservation plowing is when farmers try to disturb the soil as little as possible. By using any one of these methods, they can help prevent nutrients from leaving the soil.

Without clean water and soil we could not survive. Therefore, conserving soil and water should be a joint effort with everyone taking part. Not littering and starting to recycle are simple ways that anyone can help. Community awareness projects can help educate the world about how we can preserve our environment. With more help, we can conserve the soil and water for generations to come."