The Orange Soil & Water Conservation District annually conducts poster and public speaking contests.

This year’s theme, “Water…The Cycle of Life!” provided a fun and creative challenge for the students who participated in this environmental education contest. The poster contest was open to students in 3rd through 6th grade. The public speaking contest was open to 7th and 8th grade students. Students from Cameron Park Elementary, Eno River Academy and C.W. Stanford Middle School took top honors in the annual contest sponsored by Orange Soil and Water Conservation District. Several awards ceremonies and luncheons were held at the schools to honor the winners, their parents and participating teachers. 

Participating students were given the opportunity to express their knowledge and interest regarding the importance of the water cycle. Students verbally or artistically demonstrated the value of the water cycle and its importance to our survival on earth. 

The winners of this year’s contest were recognized for their artistic abilities and thorough understanding of the cycle of life theme. Winners received a monetary prize and certificate for their contributions to this year’s contest. 

A special recognition was extended to C.W. Stanford student, Catherine Buck. Buck advanced to the regional level competition and delivered her outstanding speech to more than 80 guests at the Regional Soil and Water Conservation Meeting in Moore County on March 1. Buck placed second at the regionals.

The Orange Soil & Water Conservation District would like to thank the following teachers for their participation and support of this year’s contest: Lisa McCurdy, Cameron Park Elementary; Laura Shephard and Caty Everhart of C.W. Stanford Middle School and Kevin Kay, Principal (K-6), Eno River Academy. 

For more information on Orange Soil and Water Conservation District educational programs and opportunities, please call (919) 245.2750 to speak with Lisa Pope or Gail Hughes. For additional info, visit: