March 25, 2013 -- Conservation is key to our survival and talented students from across Cabarrus County also made it pretty cool. More than 1,200 students participated in four contests that encourage informed and responsible use of the Earth's natural resources. The competition, sponsored locally by the Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District, has a unique theme each year. This year's theme is “Water…The Cycle of Life.” Students were asked to submit creative posters, essays, computer slide shows and public speeches that worked to advance the public’s understanding of water conservation.
At its February 18 meeting
, the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners recognized the students' work and celebrated their inspirational words and drawings.
Several winners of the Cabarrus County contest moved on to the regional competition and placed against students from Anson, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties.
First-places awards in the regional round went to Abigail Brewer, Patriots Elementary, fifth-grade poster contest; and Hannah Monroe, Concord Middle, seventh-grade public speaking contest. Second-place awards in the regional round went to Elijah Crisco, Jackson Park Elementary, third-grade poster contest; Laney Gragg, Jackson Park Elementary, fourth-grade poster contest; and Olivia Reiff, Concord Middle, eighth-grade public speaking contest. Third-place awards in the regional round went to Caroline Beers, Harris Road Middle, sixth-grade poster contest; and Rosalind Diefenbach, JN Fries Magnet, sixth-grade essay contest.
First-place award winners at the regional competition will move on to compete in the state competition in May.
Let's celebrate the 2013 Cabarrus County contest winners!
22nd Annual Poster Contest
1st place: Elijah Crisco, Jackson Park Elementary, Teacher- Georgann Sapp
2nd place: Toni Harding, Jackson Park Elementary, Teacher- Georgann Sapp
3rd place Andrea Perez, Jackson Park Elementary, Teacher- Georgann Sapp
1st place: Laney Gragg , Jackson Park Elementary, Teacher- Georgann Sapp
2nd place: Sarai Acosta, Rocky River Elementary, Teacher- Jennifer Trexler
3rd place: Jakayla Rose, Jackson Park, Teacher- Georgann Sapp
1st place: Abigail Brewer, Patriots Elementary, Teacher- Leigh Davis
2nd place: Michael Rivera, Patriots Elementary, Teacher- Brenda Eason
3rd place: William Hawkins, Cannon School, Teacher- Lea Freer
1st place: Caroline Beers, Harris Road Middle, Teacher- Tonda Christian
2nd place: Andon Blakely, Harris Road Middle, Teacher- Michael Jackson
3rd place: Cole Stocker, Harris Road Middle, Teacher- Tonda Christian
23rd Annual Essay Contest (Grade 6)
1st place: Rosalind Diefenbach, JN Fries Magnet, Teacher- Sandra Cliff
2nd place: Robert Tyler, Mt. Pleasant Middle, Teacher- Rebecca Doss
2nd Annual Computer Designed Slide Show Contest (Grade 6)
1st place: Madeline Barfield, Harris Road Middle, Teacher- Jodie Hott, teacher)
2nd place: Julianne Melendez, Harris Road Middle, Teacher- Michael Jackson, teacher)
3rd place: Destiney Williamson, Harris Road Middle, Teacher- Lara Miller, teacher)
45th Annual Public Speaking Contest (Grades 7 and 8)
1st place – Hannah Monroe, Concord Middle, Teacher- Bernice Franklin
2nd place – Isabelle Norman, JN Fries Magnet, Teacher- Nicole Jones
3rd place – Samantha Knapp, CC Griffin Middle, Teacher- Courtney Smith
1st place: Olivia Reiff, Concord Middle, Teacher- Bernice Franklin
2nd place: Alli Love, JN Fries Magnet, Teacher- Margaret Gladin
3rd place: Hannah Lafferty, CC Griffin Middle, Teacher- Michelle Kline