NJ Conservation 2019 Annual Poster Contest

The New Jersey Conservation Poster Contest is an annual contest sponsored by the NJ Department of Agriculture, the New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts and the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, which aims to promote a better understanding of the connection between natural resources and humans, in a fun and creative way that engages students throughout the county, state and nation.

The NJ Conservation 2019 Poster Contest was open to all students from grades 2-12, and was categorized according to grade groups.  At the county level, the Ocean County Soil Conservation District declared a First Place winner for each grade group. Our Grand Champion Winner is selected among the First Place winners, and is awarded a $50 prize. All First Place winning entries from Ocean County are submitted to the NJ Statewide Competition where they will compete for cash prizes. The First Place prize at the NJ Statewide Competition is $200, Second Place is $100 and Third Place receives $50. Winners from the Statewide Competition move on to compete in the Nationals. The deadline for entries was February 28, 2019.

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is proud to sponsor the 2019 Poster Contest. The 2019 Poster Contest theme is: Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper.

Please direct questions to: Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, 609-971-7002 ext. 114 or Education@soildistrict.org


2019 Winning Entries

“Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper”

 

Grand Champion Winner

and First Place (Grade Group 4-6): Summer Sprague

Summer Sprague, Grade 4, Tuckerton

“Soil cleans our water and increases the amount of available ground to farm. We must protect the soil to protect life. My poster shows the soil with all of the organisms helping make the soil and provide the food to the tree which is life.”

 

First Place (Grade Group 2-3): Owen Hughes

Owen Hughes, Grade 3, Beach Haven

“Healthy plants need healthy soil. Plant native, it helps your plant retane. Let plants be healthy, water and feed them every day.”

 

First Place (Grade Group 7-9): Arina Svirska

Arina Svirska, Grade 8, Lake Riviera Middle School

“The person on my drawing describes soil. Soil should be treated like a person because soil is a living thing not a factory. Soil/person in my drawing shows a happy soil, that’s why there are flowers. Life is soil.”

 

First Place (Grade Group 10-12): Timmy Cheung 

Timmy Cheung, Grade 10, New Egypt High School

“Conservation is a key for our environment, but also for our future. This is our environment so we should take action for not only a better environment, but also a better future too.”


2018 Winning Entries

“Watersheds – Our Water, Our Home”

Grand Champion Winner

and First Place (Grade Group 4-6): Summer Sprague 

Summer Sprague, Grade 3, Tuckerton

“My poster is about watersheds. The girl standing on earth is me. The water drops show where the water goes near my home. Hope you enjoy!” ~Summer Sprague, Grade 3

First Place (Grade Group 7-9): Maria Cerezo-Serrano 

Maria Cerezo-Serrano, Grade 8, Lake Riviera Middle School, Brick

“Part of the poster shows how our watersheds look like if we clean and not pollute. The other side shows how it looks if we keep polluting. We should keep clean the watersheds just like how we want our homes to be clean.” ~Maria Cerezo-Serrano, Grade 8

First Place (Grade Group 10-12): Chloe Lewis 

Chloe Lewis, Grade 12, New Egypt High School, New Egypt

“It is crucial to me that we inform people of the importance of watersheds because they affect all kinds of life. My poster portrays their significance to organisms. From plants, to animals, to humans, our watersheds impact everything and thusly must be protected.” ~Chloe Lewis, Grade 12


2017 Winning Entries – “Healthy Soils Are Full Of Life!”

Congratulations to the 2017 Ocean County Grand Champion Winner of the Annual Poster Contest: Grace Boyle, of Cedar Creek Elementary, Lanoka Harbor. The 2017 theme, “Healthy Soils Are Full Of Life” reinforces the importance of healthy soil as the foundation of our food and forests, and the medium through which our water is cleaned and CO2 is sequestered. This year’s Poster Contest winning posters are featured below, along with the students’ important conservation message. One First Place Winner is selected from each Grade Group. One Grand Champion Winner is then selected from the 4 First Place Winners. The Grand Champion Winner this year received a $50 cash prize and a $200 prize towards an environmental project at their school.

Grand Champion Winner

and First Place (Grade Group 4-6): Grace Boyle 

Grace Boyle, Grade 4, Cedar Creek Elementary School, Lanoka Harbor

“My poster shows compost to make the soil rich and healthy. A tree has been growing for years in the rich soil. There are animals that found homes underground.” ~ Grace Boyle

First Place (Grade Group 2-3): Grace Byers 

Grace Byers, Grade 2, Midstreams Elementary School, Brick

“My poster is about how worms and bugs live in the soil, and how grass and flowers grow out of the soil.” ~Grace Byers

First Place (Grade Group 7-9): Paiton Langan

Paiton Langan, Grade 8, Memorial Middle School, Point Borough

“Soil is the root of all life.” ~Paiton Langan

First Place (Grade Group 10-12): Ben Werner

Ben Werner, Grade 11, Lacey Twp High School, Lanoka Harbor


2016 Winning Entry – “We All Need Trees”

Congratulations to the 2016 Ocean County Grand Champion Winner of the Annual Poster Contest, Anthony Rivera, of Jackson Liberty High School, Jackson. “Thank you” to all of the talented students who submitted entries in 2016. The 2016 theme, “We All Need Trees” is an important one that affects all citizens. As Mr. Rivera stated, “Humans and trees are closely related. We should always have trees on our mind. Without trees humans cannot exist and earth would be gone.”

Grand Champion Winner: Anthony Rivera, Grade 12

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“We should always have trees on our mind.” -Anthony Rivera


2015 Winning Entries

“Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators”

Congratulations to the 2015 Grand Champion Winner of the Annual Poster Contest, Aleia Sabra of Sabra Enrichment School, Manahawkin! Thank you, and “great job” to all those who participated in the 2015 contest! The 2015 theme, “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators” is an important one that affects all citizens. 2015 participants learned that pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other creatures provide us with food, clean air and a safe place to live. Unfortunately, pollinators are in decline; there are many reasons for pollinator decline. This year’s poster contest participants shared reasons why pollinators are so important and offered solutions to increase pollinators and their habitats.

First Place: Grades 4-6

Grand Champion Winner: Aleia Sabra of Sabra Enrichment School, Manahawkin

“My solution is to plant seeds everywhere!! We can protect the pollinators and keep them safe by planting seeds everywhere like valleys, meadows, and your own backyard!!” -Aleia Sabra, grade 6

First Place: Grades 2-3

First Place Winner: Celestina Passiatore of Robert Horbelt Elementary School, Barnegat

“Pollinators are important because they help food grow so we can survive and we won’t have cloths like our sweaters and our jeans. That is why pollinators are important.” -Celestina Passiatore, grade 3

Honorable Mentions: All Entries

Liyana Sabra of Sabra Enrichment School

Liyana Sabra of Sabra Enrichment School, Manahawkin

“My idea is to plant a butterfly garden.” – Liyana Sabra, grade 2

Juliana Demitrowsky of George J. Mitchell Elementary School, Little Egg Harbor

“My poster is about helping habitats for butterflies.” -Juliana Demitrowsky, grade 2


2013 Winner’s Press Release

2013 Winning Entries “Where Does Your Water Shed?”

Grades 7-9

First Place Winner Avery Ahart of Lake Riviera Middle School

First Place Winner Avery Ahart of Lake Riviera Middle School

Second Place Winner Grades 7-9 Siana Lanni of Lake Riviera Middle School

Second Place Winner Grades 7-9 Siana Lanni of Lake Riviera Middle School

Third Place Winner Grades 7-9 Brandon VanBerkle of Lake Riviera Middle School

Third Place Winner Grades 7-9 Brandon VanBerkle of Lake Riviera Middle School

Grades 4-6

"Where Does Your Watershed" 1st Place Winner for Grades 4-6, Alexander Donnelly of Lake Riviera Middle School

First Place Grades 4-6 Alexander Donnelly of Lake Riviera Middle School

"Where Does Your Water Shed" 2nd Place, Grades 4-6. Michelle Zoltan of Lake Riviera Middle School

Second Place Grades 4-6 Michelle Zoltan of Lake Riviera Middle School

Third Place Grades 4-6 Brandon Griggs of Lake Riviera Middle School

Third Place Grades 4-6 Brandon Griggs of Lake Riviera Middle School

 

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