The New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Conservation Districts recently sponsored a conservation poster contest.

The New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Conservation Districts recently sponsored a conservation poster contest.

This year's theme was "Where Does Your Water Shed?" More than 100 posters were judged in the following categories: K-1; 2-3; 4-6; 7-9; 10-12.

Listed are the first place winners from each county:

K-1, New Castle County, no entries; Kent County: Stephanie Strachar, Lake Forest North ; Sussex County, no entries.

2-3, New Castle County: Eason Li Rain, Independence School; Kent County: Rain Vasey, Water Girl Farm, Academy Home School; Sussex County, no entries.

4-6, New Castle County: Madeleine Morris, All Saints Catholic School; Kent County: Lake Vasey, Water Girl Farm, Academy Home School; Sussex County, Dorothy McCormick.

7-9, New Castle County: Alexis Ferguson, Middletown High School; Kent County: Maylene Ferrin, Ferrin Homeschool, Spring Vasey, Water Girl Farm, Academy Home School; Sussex County, no first place award.

10-12, New Castle County, no entries; Kent County: Dean Ferrin, Ferrin Homeschool; Carissa James, Dover High School; Sussex County, no first place award.

Second and third place winners were:

New Castle County

Second place:Olivia Knestaut – 4thgrade, All Saints Catholic School; David Hall – 9thgrade, Middletown High School.

Third place:Jack Sweeney – 4thgrade, All Saints Catholic School; Taylor Cameron – 9thgrade, Middletown High School.

Kent County

Second place:Matthew Reed – 3rdgrade, Campus Community School; Madelyn Reed – 4thgrade, Campus Community School; Zachary Strachar – 9thgrade, Polytech High School; Emily Calanza – 11thgrade, Dover High School.

Third place:Nicholas Sampson – Dover High School.

Sussex County

Second place:VictoriaNoon– 5thgrade, Southern Delaware School of the Arts; Joshua Vonhof – 8thgrade, Delmarva Christian High School; Kay Dea'Winder – 10thgrade, Delmarva Christian High School.

Third place:Rachel Kisner – 9thgrade, Delmarva Christian High School; Shawn McCullough – 10thgrade, Delmarva Christian High School.

The following students' posters have been forwarded to the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) for judging at the national level:

2-3, Eason Yicheng Li - The Independence School, New Castle County

4-6, Dorothy McCormick – Sussex County

7-9, Maylene Ferrin - Ferrin Home School, Kent County

10-12, Dean Ferrin - Ferrin Home School, Kent County

The 2014 poster contest will be based on the theme, "The Secrets of Soil."

For more information: (302) 741-2600 or visit nacdnet.org.