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Person County students illustrate the living soil

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Person County elementary school students were recognized for their artistic talents and creativity in the Person Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual poster contest.

The local winners were announced March 4 during a presentation at the Person County Office Building Auditorium. Each year Person County students in grades three through five are invited to participate in the contest at the local level with the opportunity to advance to a regional and state competition. Students were to create posters around the conservation message “The Living Soil.”

Judging was based on the following criteria: conservation message (50 percent); visual effectiveness (30 percent); universal appeal (10 percent); originality (10 percent); with extra credit for hand-drawn elements (5 percent).

Prizes included $50 for first place winners; $40 for second place; and $30 for third place. Additionally, each first-place winner’s teacher received $50.

Third-grade winners were, 1st place, Parker Mise of Bethel Hill Charter School with teacher, Bridget Melton; 2nd place, Lyndley Gentry of Bethel Hill Charter School; and 3rd place, Isabella Diaz Porcayo of Bethel Hill Charter School.

Fourth-grade winners were, 1st place, Alexander Jones of Helena Elementary with teacher, Ericka Hall; 2nd place, Jade Lin of Helena Elementary; and 3rd place, Olivia Russell of Bethel Hill Charter School.

Fifth-grade winners were, 1st place, Brayden Gentry of Bethel Hill Charter School with teacher, Rachel Campbell; 2nd place, Logan Hill of Bethel Hill Charter School; and 3rd place, Gracie Tuck of Bethel Hill Charter School.

Each first-place winner advanced to the regional area contest held in Chatham County Feb. 26 in which Erica Hall placed second for her 4th-grade poster and Brayden Gentry placed third for his 5th-grade poster.

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