Crestwood fifth-grader wins conservation poster contest

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Taylor Olson-Lewis, right, of Crestwood Intermediate School, is congratulated by school Principal Mike Maglionico for being chosen first-place winner in this year's Conservation Poster Contest. The contest is sponsored by Portage County Garden Clubs and the Soil & Water Conservation District.

aOther winners were: second place, Madison Braybon of Willyard Elementary in Ravenna; third place, Darah Fall of Katherine Thomas Elementary in Windham; fourth place, Madelyn Fisher of Walls Elementary in Kent; fifth place. Madison Brawley of Tappan Elementary in Ravenna; and Honorable Mention, Elle Frato-Sweeney of Garfield Intermediate in Garrettsville.

Nearly 900 fifth-grade students from eight schools in Portage County participated in this year's Conservation Poster Contest, which is sponsored by the Garden Clubs of Portage County and the Portage Soil & Water Conservation District.

Each year, the poster contest theme is chosen to correspond with National Soil & Water Stewardship Week. The theme for this year's contest was "Where Does Your Watershed?"

Students participating in the 2013 contest were challenged to create posters that not only illustrated a "watershed" but that also depicted the impact of human activities that either pollute our watersheds or human actions that help to protect our watersheds. This annual contest gives teachers an opportunity to introduce or reinforce environmental concepts to their students.

County-wide winners received award certificates and prizes from the Soil & Water Conservation District.

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