Youth Conservation Poster & Speaking Contest Past Winners

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

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