2023 Speaking Contest Winners

The 2023 Columbia County Land & Water Conservation Department Speaking Contest was a huge success!

Thank you to all of the students, parents and teachers who helped make this year possible! There were so many wonderful speeches that pertained to conservation efforts local and state-wide.

Elementary 5-6 Grade Division Winners 

1st Place Bailey Ammann
Speech Title: Plant Native Plants to Help Save Nature

2nd Place Brogan Sherrick
Speech Title: Wisconsin Marshes Good or Bad

3rd Place Sunni Johnson
Speech Title: Garlic Mustard in Wisconsin

Junior 7-8 Grade Division Winners

1st Place Briella Brusveen
Speech Title: Generational Conservation in Agriculture

2nd Place Kinzie Lintl
Speech Title: Protecting Our Lands

3rd Place Spencer Serwe
Speech Title: Wisconsin Conservation

2023 Poster Contest Winners

This year the Columbia County Land and Water Conservation Department had over 99 posters submitted for our annual Poster Contest on Monday, January 9, 2023. We were blown away by the support from teachers and parents this year who encouraged their children/students to participate. 

This Poster Contest is much more than a drawing contest, it helps educate and encourage children to actively participate in conservation at home and in our community! 

Congratulations to the Winners: 

K-1 Grade Division 
1st Place: Scarlet Sween, Woodridge Primary School

2-3 Grade Division
1st Place: Laila Sween, John Muir Elementary School
2nd Place: Charleigh Ruck, Lewiston Elementary School

4-6 Grade Division
1st Place Violet Manriquez, Lewiston Elementary School
2nd Place Jackson Woodward, Poynette Middle School

7-9 Grade Division
1st Place Addyson Neary, Pardeeville Middle School
2nd Place Francesca Gaglio, Pardeeville Middle School
3rd Place Elli Griepentrog, Pardeeville Middle School

10-12 Grade Division
1st Place Cameron Spears, Coman Schools

Click Here for a Downloadable PDF Columbia County Poster Contest Results 2023.pdf


About the WI Land & Water Poster & Speaking Contest

Columbia County Land and Water Conservation Department promotes youth education in Wisconsin by hosting an annual Conservation Awareness Poster Contest and Speech Contest.  Any student in grades K-12th in Columbia County may participate. 

Conservation Awareness Poster Contest

The Conservation Poster Contest is open to kindergarten through 12th grade students and posters are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Conservation message
  • Visual effectiveness
  • Originality
  • Universal appeal
  • Individual artwork

Students will compete first in the Columbia County division with the winning 1st place winners moving on to compete in the Southern Area Regional Competition, then at the State Competition in March at the WI Land+Water’s Annual Conference. The first-place posters from the state competition will represent Wisconsin at the National Association of Conservation Districts annual meeting.


Conservation Awareness Speaking Contest

The Conservation Speech Contest is open to Elementary Division- Grades 5-6, Junior Division- Grades 7-8, and Senior Division-Grades 9-12. The Conservation Speech Contest aims to promote the conservation of natural resources and the protection or enhancement of environmental quality.

Emphasis is placed on the subject as it relates to the locality or to Wisconsin. Students compete at county and area competitions, with the winners moving on to the State Competition in March at WI Land+Water’s Annual Conference. The first-place winners in each category share their speeches at the conference luncheon.

Please contact our office to obtain all forms and information you will need to participate