Winners announced for 2014 Conservation & Environmental Awareness Speaking Contests

The Dunn County Land Conservation Division held its annual Conservation & Environmental Awareness Speaking Contest on Tuesday, February 4th at the Government Center in Menomonie.  While improving their public speaking skills, students learned about the importance of conservation, protection, and preservation of our natural resources and environmental quality.  Topics included wetlands, nonpoint source pollution, deforestation, microplastics, and ethanol, to name a few.  Students were judged on the content, delivery, and style of their speech.

 Camryn Christopherson, daughter of Tim & Callie Christopherson, placed first in the Elementary Division with her speech entitled, “A Place I Call Spongy”.  Second place honors went to Ivy Harmon, who enlightened the audience with a speech about timber wolves, entitled, “The Great Grays”.  A speech entitled “It’s Not Easy Being Green” won Jayda Harmon, daughter of Joshua & Angie Harmon, third place.  All three speakers are students in Mrs. Olson’s class at the Prairie Farm Middle School.

Emily Evenson, daughter of Chad and Shannon Evenson, took 1st place honors in the Junior Division, with her speech entitled, “Polluted Run-Off and Algae Blooms”.  Andrea Ottinger placed second with her speech entitled, “Ethanol/Ethanol Plants”, and Leslie Ritenour and August Knaack placed 3rd and 4th respectively.  Lori Halpin, English Teacher at the Colfax Middle School, worked with the students in preparation for this event.

Camryn Christopherson & Emily Evenson advanced to the West Central Area Speaking Contest which took place on Friday, February 28th at the St. Croix County Ag Center in Baldwin in which nine counties participated.  All participants did an excellent job and are to be complimented for their efforts.