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Ford County Conservation District holds annual meeting

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The 65th annual meeting of the Ford County Conservation District was held on Feb. 9 at the Ford County 4-H Fair Exhibit Building in Dodge City, Kan. An election was held for one district supervisor who will serve on the Ford County Conservation District Board for a term of three years. Wesley Slattery of Dodge City was nominated for this position and elected to serve as a district supervisor.

The winners of the 2012 Poster, Essay, and Limerick Contests were as follows:

Poster contest winners

Grades K to 1

USD 381--Spearville: 1st Place, Lauren Seachris, 1st Grade, Ryan and Amy Seachris; 2nd Place, Danica Halling, 1st Grade, Jim and Rakel Halling; 3rd Place, Kaydence Hines, 1st Grade, Travis and Kim Hines.

USD 443--Dodge City: 1st Place, Myah Cole, Kindergarten, Shawna Strecker; 2nd Place, Ava Vinton, 1st Grade, Joe Vinton and Andrea Stegman; Grand Champion: Lauran Seachris.

Grades 2 to 3

USD 381--Spearville: 1st Place, Kristen Huston, 2nd Grade, Matt and Erin Huston; 2nd Place, Erika Fry, 2nd Grade, Hoyt and Linda Fry.

USD 443--Dodge City: 1st Place, Malcolm Davis, 3rd Grade, Angelia Davis; 2nd Place, Grace Winter, 3rd Grade, Brian and Darci Winter; 3rd Place, Cassidy Bockelman, 3rd Grade, Leonard and Leslea Bockelman.

Grand Champion: Kristen Huston.

Grades 4 to 6

USD 381--Spearville: 1st Place, Hannah Gleason, 5th Grade, Rich and Karla Gleason; 2nd Place, Addia Nau, 4th Grade, Brandan and Carmen Nau; 3rd Place, Karsen Halling, 4th Grade, Jim and Rakel Halling.

USD 443--Dodge City: 1st Place, Rogelio Esquivel, Jr., 4th Grade, Rogelio Esquivel and Carol Flores; 2nd Place, Angelia Paz, 5th Grade, Hector Paz; 3rd Place, Jeremy Saucedo, 5th Grade, Mariana Sanchez.

USD 459--Bucklin: 1st Place, Patricia Hokanson, 6th Grade, Stephen and Jane Hokanson; 2nd Place, Haley Miller, 4th Grade, Dan Miller and Roxy Dickerman; 3rd Place, Lateisha Edwards, 6th Grade, Dalene Brill.

Grand Champion: Hannah Gleason.

Grades 7 to 9

USD 443--Dodge City: 1st Place, Nila Khan, 8th Grade, Rebecca Khan; 2nd Place, Reiyna Cecil, 8th Grade, Brenda Cecil-Martinez; 3rd Place, Kyle James Wolnik, 8th Grade, Patricia Wolnik.

USD 459--Bucklin: 1st Place, James Stout, 8th Grade, Lanny and Michelle Stout; 2nd Place, Roxie Vasquez, 8th Grade, Rosa Vasquez; 3rd Place, Alisia Green, 8th Grade, Matt Green and Nicole Long.

Grand Champion: Nila Khan.

The four posters of the grand champion winners were entered in the 2012 Kansas Association of Conservation Districts Poster Contest.

Essay contest winners

5th Grade: 1st Place, Calder McCollum, Spearville Elementary School, David and Kelene McCollum; 2nd Place, Ethan Halling, Spearville Elementary School, Jim and Rakel Halling; 3rd Place, Analiese Jones, Spearville Elementary School, Janae Jones.

7th Grade: 1st Place, Luke Davis, Bucklin Jr. High School, Mark and Shannon Davis; 2nd Place, James Stout, Bucklin Jr. High School, Lanny and Michelle Stout; 3rd Place, Sierra Collins, Bucklin Jr. High School, Katie Darrough and Shane Collins.

8th Grade: 1st Place, Campbell Martin, Bucklin Jr. High School, Eric and Holly Martin; 2nd Place, Dylan DuPree, Bucklin Jr. High School, Don DuPree and Carrie DuPree; 3rd Place, Kylie Snow, Bucklin Jr. High School, Darla Flax.

Grand Champion: Campbell Martin; 2nd Place: Dylan DuPree.

The top two essays were entered in the 2012 Kansas Association of Conservation Districts Essay Contest.

Limerick contest winners

6th Grade: 1st Place, Hannah Klusman, Bucklin Jr. High School, Ivan and Susan Klusman; 2nd Place, Rylie Pegelow, Bucklin Jr. High School, Molly Pegelow and Jerry Pegelow; 3rd Place, Angelica Jene Hileman Comanche Intermediate Center, Victoria Altamirano and Will Hileman.

7th Grade: 1st Place, Arianna Ormord, Bucklin Jr. High School, Heath and Jennifer Ormord; 2nd Place, Kevin Mooney, Bucklin Jr. High School, Marilyn Stuart; 3rd Place, Ashleigh Carrillo, Bucklin Jr. High School, Kaelin Anderson and Omero Carrillo.

8th Grade: 1st Place, Campbell Martin, Bucklin Jr. High School, Eric and Holly Martin; 2nd Place, Sara Nichols, Bucklin Jr. High School, Thalia Nichols; 3rd Place, Cy Ellis, Bucklin Jr. High School, Will and Laura Ellis.

Grand Champion: Arianna Ormord; 2nd Place: Kevin Mooney.

The top two limericks were entered in the 2012 Kansas Association of Conservation Districts Limerick Contest. Arianna Ormord's limerick received an Honorable Mention award in that contest.

Will Ellis, Kingsdown, Kan., served as a district supervisor and advisor on the Ford County Conservation District Board. He was unable to attend the annual meeting. His wife, Laura Ellis, accepted a certificate of appreciation given to him by the District Board.

There were two recipients of the Ford County Conservation District's 2013 Scholarship. Jared Helfrich of Wright, Kan., and Abbey Rudd of Bucklin, Kan. Jared is the son of Brian and Kate Helfrich of Wright. Abbey is the daughter of Casey and Leighton Rudd of Bucklin. Jared Helfrich and Abbey Rudd are students at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan.

A Distinguished Service Award was presented to Maureen Flax of Dodge City, Kan. This award is presented to a person who helps promote good soil and water conservation practices and for their dedicated service to the Ford County Conservation District.

The guest speaker for the evening was Curtis Wolf. He is the site manager at Fort Hays State University's Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms. The topic of his presentation was "The Sights and Sounds of Cheyenne Bottoms and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

Date: 2/25/2013



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