“Where does your water shed?” was the theme for the 2013 Conservation Art and Writing Contest sponsored locally by the Harlan County Conservation District and Kentucky Farm Bureau.
Winning students and their families were honored at a banquet held at Camp Blanton this week.
David Howard, chair of the conservation district, said the National Association of Conservation Districts began a national program in 1955 to focus on stewardship. Stewardship Week runs from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May. The banquet is held annually during this time to promote the importance of being good stewards.
“It is one of the largest conservation related observances,” said Howard of the Stewardship Week, which relies on locally-led conservation districts sharing and promoting stewardship and conservation activities.
“Districts provide conservation and stewardship field days, programs, workshops and additional outreach efforts throughout their community to educate citizens about the need to care for our resources,” he said.
The stewardship concept involves personal and social responsibility, including a duty to learn about and improve natural resources “as we use them wisely, leaving a rich legacy for future generations, added Howard.
One definition of stewardship is “the individual’s responsibility to manage his life and property with regard to the rights of others. E. William Anderson suggest stewardship ‘is essentially’ a synonym for conservation.’”
By taking part in the week’s activities, it helps “to remind us all of the power of each person has to conserve natural resources and improve the world. When everyone works together with their local conservation district, that power continuously grows. We have seen these good deeds multiply across the nation’s network of conservation districts and the results are spectacular.”
During the program, Harlan County High School senior Cara Middleton was announced as the 2013 recipient of the $1,000 J. Clark Metcalfe Memorial Scholarship. She is the daughter of Jim and Barbara Middleton, of Evarts.
Also during the program Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop presented Howard with a check for the conservation agency for $379 which is money raised from the sale of metal during a recent buy-back program of old appliances.
Winners in the writing contest were:
County winner – Noah Busroe, first, Harlan Middle School; and Abbigayle Dixon, runner-up, Harlan High School.
Harlan High School – Abbigayle Dixon, first.
Harlan County High School – Alex Rainey, first; and Caleb Johnson, second.
Green Hills Elementary School – Mitchell Tolliver, first.
Harlan Middle School – Noah Busroe, first; Matthew Roddy, second; and Cameron Carmical, third.
Cumberland Elementary School – Kaitlyn Odell, first.
Winners in the art contest were:
County winner – Emma Hensley, first, James A. Cawood Elementary; and Mika Pascual, runner up.
Green Hills Elementary School – Andrew Tolliver, first.
Harlan Middle School – Mika Pascual, first; Autumn Brock, second; and Makenna Dos, third.
Cawood Elementary – Ben Landis, first; Emily Fultz, second; and Christina Daniels, third.
James A. Cawood Elementary School – Emma Hensley, first.