The Dunn County Land Conservation Division held its annual Conservation & Environmental Awareness Speaking Contest on Thursday, February 5th 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. This year’s topics centered on water quality, groundwater, preservation of our farm land, and conservation ethics. Students were judged on the content, delivery, and style of their speech.
First place in the Elementary Division went to Emma Bergmann, daughter of Josh & Katie Bergmann, with her speech entitled, “The Wonders of Wolves”. Emma is a student in Mrs. Olson’s class at the Prairie Farm Middle School.
Kaylynn Imsande, daughter of Jeff & Kristin Imsande, took 1st place honors in the Junior Division with her speech entitled, “The Effects of Blue-Green Algae”. Second place honors went to Tate Russell, son of Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw, with his speech entitled, “Conserving Wisconsin Farmland and Groundwater”. “Protecting Wisconsin for Aquatic Life” was the title of the speech that won Rachel Knutson 3rd place honors. Erica Kallstrom and Ariah Kadinger presented their speeches focusing on Wisconsin’s waters. Timothy Dolan & Lori Halpin, teachers at the Menomonie & Colfax Middle Schools respectively, worked with the students in preparation for this event.
Brooke Brantner, placed first in the Senior Division with her speech entitled, “Flicker of Hope”. Brooke is the daughter of Steve & Sara Branter and attends Menomonie High School.
Emma, Kaylynn, and Brooke advanced to the West Central Area Speaking Contest which took place on Thursday, February 19th in Eau Claire where nine counties participated. Kaylynn and Brooke placed first in their divisions at the West Central Area Speaking Contest and will advance to the state speaking contest that takes place on March 9th in Appleton, Wisconsin. All participants did an excellent job and are to be complimented for their efforts.