Calling all student artists! The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking students to design posters to submit to the 2019 Youth Poster Contest. The theme for this year is Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper.
Poster Categories by Grade:
The Youth Poster Contest is a national competition. Students submit entries to their nearest Conservation District. Winning entries can be sent to state and even national competitions for judging and awards. The contest is open to the public, private or home school students, girl scout/boy scout troops, etc. Please note that both Girl and Boy Scouts that participate in the contest and submit valid entries at any level are eligible to receive the VASWCD Conservation Poster Patch.
Entries must be submitted to the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District by Friday, October 11, 2019 (deadline extended). If interested in participating, please email NVSWCD to learn how to submit your poster and entry form.
Posters must be 8.5" by 11" in size or larger. Download the entry form here, and for more resources and contest details, see: Virginia SWCD Conservation Poster Contest website.
2018 NVSWCD Poster Contest Entries and Winners
The 2018 poster contest theme was Watersheds- Our Water, Our Home. A watershed is land that sheds water. Water from rain or snow can flow over the land it falls on. The water can flow to a river, lake, stream or ocean. All of the water under or draining off of a particular watershed goes into the same place. Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. They cross county, state and national boundaries. Some are millions of square miles, others are just a few acres. (From the National Association of Conservation Districts)
In 2018, we received over forty submissions from all across Fairfax County and are here we are showcasing the winners for each grade group. This group includes national 10-12 grade winner Sarah Kim.
National 1st Place for grades 10-12: Sarah Kim, age 16, 11th grade
Gabriella Le Moigne, age 6, 1st grade. Winner NVSWCD K-1st Division
Mayron Zelalem, age 8, 3rd grade. Winner NVSWCD 2nd-3rd Division
Chepke Sallai, age 12, 6th grade. Winner NVSWCD 4th-6th Division
Sonakshi Thakuria, age 13, 7th grade. Winner NVSWCD 4th-6th Division
2016 NVSWCD Poster Contest Entries and Winners
The 2016 poster contest theme was We All Need Trees. Trees are essential for the survival of humans and other living organisms. Through photosynthesis, trees convert carbon dioxide into oxygen we can breathe. Trees provide shade on a sunny day and food like fruits and nuts. They are also used to make products like paper and furniture or to build our homes. It is our responsibility to manage how trees are used so forests can stay healthy and regenerate. (Adapted from the National Association of Conservation Districts)
In 2016, we received over forty submissions from Armstrong Elementary School and are showcasing some of our favorites here, including our top Northern Virginia poster for grades 4-6.
1st place in Northern Virginia: Kathryn Bonham, age 10, 4th grade
Maeve Tuma, age 9, 4th grade
Alexis Chang, age 9, 4th grade
Aaria Sen, age 9, 4th grade
Lucas Menendez Hassel, age 9, 4th grade
Jack McKenna, age 10, 4th grade