Conservation Poster Contest

Madison Wojciuch placed 1st in the Junior Division at the state level during the annual WI Land + Water Conference and will advance to the national level. Her poster will be judged at the next National Association of Conservation Districts annual meeting in 2023. Wish her luck!  

See the Press Release regarding the State Level poster and speaking contest winners: 
2022 WI Land + Water Poster & Speaking Contest Winners Press Release

The Walworth County Land Conservation Department along with the County Land Conservation Committee, sponsors a Conservation Poster Contest. This contest provides an opportunity for area youth to become more aware of conservation of our natural resources through artistic design.  The contest is open to students in grades K-12.  Contestants are grouped and judged based on their grade. (K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12)

This contest is one step in a journey to the national conservation poster competition.  The County will award first and second place awards to students in each age category.  The first place winners from our participating age groups move forward to the Southeast Wisconsin Conservation Association “Area” competition to be held in late January, 2022.  The Southeast Area Contest counties include, Walworth, Washington, Ozaukee, Racine, Waukesha, and Milwaukee.

The first place winners from the Area competition move forward to the statewide competition which is held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association’s Annual Conference. Winners from the statewide competition advance to the national competition where entrants have a chance to win cash prizes.  
Wisconsin Land and Water Poster Contest webpage

The 2022 contest theme was "Healthy Soil: Healthy Life".  Information for the 2022 contest theme can be found at the National Association of Conservation District's website.  NACD’s Stewardship Program webpage.

HealthyLogo_color_5x5-1Healthy soils are the foundation for all life on Earth. Soil is an important resource for everything from human health to agriculture to water filtration. The imperative benefit of healthy soil is food production. Healthy soils also give us clean air and water, plentiful crops and forests, diverse wildlife and beautiful landscapes. It is important that each of us recognize where our food comes and the farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to using responsible land-management practices to ensure a sustainable food supply and healthy land and soil for future generations. 

Grade-level appropriate educational materials are available at this link:
NACD Conservation Education Hub Thematic Curriculum

2022 Results 

This year’s Conservation Poster Contest resulted in a total of 50 participants from two schools - Traver Elementary and Woods School.  This year students in 4th-6th and 7th-9th grade groups participated.  The winners of the Walworth County contest are as follows:

Middle Division - Grades 4-6
Junior Division - Grades 7-9
1st Place: Matthew Christesen, Traver Elementary*1st Place: Madison Wojciuch, Traver Elementary *
- 1st @ Walworth County LCC
- 1st @ Southeast Area Contest
1st @ WI Land + Water Conference
2nd Place: Henry Gowan, Woods School2nd Place: Madeline Daehn, Traver Elementary
Honorable Mention: Lila Innis, Woods SchoolHonorable Mention: Hailey Wojciuch, Traver Elementary
Honorable Mention: Ivar Eiseman, Woods SchoolHonorable Mention: Sophia Barrett, Traver Elementary
Honorable Mention: Lily Leedle, Traver ElementaryHonorable Mention: Leah Daehn, Traver Elementary
*The first place winners from our Walworth County contest were forwarded on to the Southeast Area Contest.
UPDATE #2:  Madison Wojciuch placed 1st in the state at the annual WI Land + Water Conference and will advance to the national level. Her poster will be judged at the next National Association of Conservation Districts annual meeting. Wish her luck! (See all WI Land + Water Conference winning posters)
UPDATE: Madison Wojciuch placed 1st at the Southeast Area Contest and will advance to the state level.  Madison has been one of the consistent top artists for Walworth County.  Her poster will next be judged at the annual WI Land + Water Conference in early March.  Madison nearly made it to the state contest last year, placing 2nd in the 2021 SE Area contest.  She has continually improved, earning a third place award in 2019, second place in 2020 and has finished first in both 2021 and 2022 contests.  Having improved from a second place Area finish to first place this year is a great accomplishment.  Wish her luck at state!

1st Place Grades 4-6 Matthew Christesen

4-6-9

1st Place Grades 7-9 Madison Wojciuch

7-9-15

2nd Place Grades 4-6 Henry Gowan

4-6-21

2nd Place Grades 7-9 Madeline Daehn

7-9-16

Honorable Mention Grades 4-6 Lila Innis

4-6-17

Honorable Mention Grades 4-6 Ivar Eiseman

4-6-20

Honorable Mention Grades 7-9 Hailey Wojciuch

7-9-12

Honorable Mention Grades 7-9 Sophia Barrett

7-9-2

Honorable Mention Grades 4-6 Lily Leedle

4-6-2

Honorable Mention Grades 7-9 Leah Daehn

7-9-5

2021 Contest Healthy Forests: Healthy Communities

The 2021 contest theme was “Healthy Forests : Healthy Communities”.   The Conservation Poster Contest resulted in a total of 50 participants from three schools - Lake Geneva Middle School, Traver School and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School.  Students in 4th-6th and 7th-9th grade groups participated.  The winners of the Walworth County contest were as follows:

1st Place Grades 4-6 Kirsten Sertzel - Advanced to Area Contest and placed 2nd

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2nd Place Grades 4-6 Dayanara Torres

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Honorable Mention Grades 4-6 Carter Jacobs

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Honorable Mention Grades 4-6 Sophia Barrett

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1st Place Grades 7-9 Madison Wojciuch - Advanced to Area Contest and placed 2nd

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2nd Place Grades 7-9 Hailey Wojciuch

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Honorable Mention Grades 7-9 Carley Ceshker

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Honorable Mention Grades 7-9 Madeline Daehn

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2020 Contest - Where Would we Bee without Pollinators?

The 2020 contest theme was “Where would we Bee without Pollinators?”.   There were a total of 42 participants from two schools, Traver Elementary School is Lake Geneva and East Troy Middle School. Participants were from the grades 4-6 and grades 7-9 age groups.  The Walworth County level winners were as follows:

1st Place Grades 4-6 Madeline Daehn

1st Place Madeline Daehn (JPG)

2nd Place Grades 4-6 Madison Wojcjuch

2nd Place Madison Wojciuch (JPG)

3rd Place Grades 4-6 Hailey Wojcjuch

3rd Place Hailey Wojciuch (JPG)

Honorable Mention Grades 4-6 Avery Acevedo

Honorable Mention Avery Acevedo (JPG)

Honorable Mention Grades 4-6 Emma Larkin

Honorable Mention Emma Larkin (JPG)

Honorable Mention Grades 4-6 Sophia Barrett

Honorable Mention Sophia Barrett (JPG)

Honorable Mention Grades 4-6 Yadira Castro

Honorable Mention Yadira Castro (JPG)

1st Place Grades 7-9 Michaela Courtway

1st Place Michaela Courtway (JPG)

2nd Place Grades 7-9 Gabriella Zavelta

2nd Place Gabriella Zavaleta (JPG)

3rd Place Grades 7-9 Joselyn Vina

3rd Place Joselyn Vina (JPG)

Honorable Mention Grades 7-9 Nottestad

Honorable Mention Ashlin Nottestad (JPG)

Honorable Mention Grades 7-9 Daisy Mercado

Honorable Mention Daisy Mercado (JPG)

Honorable Mention Grades 7-9 Eric Street

Honorable Mention Eric Street (JPG)

Honorable Mention Grades 7-9 Isaac Ayala

Honorable Mention Isaac Ayala (JPG)

Honorable Mention Grades 7-9 Molly Anderson

Honorable Mention Molly Anderson (JPG)

2019 Contest- Life is in the Soil

The theme for 2019 was "Life in the Soil".  There were a total of 28 participants from two schools, Traver Elementary School is Lake Geneva and Lakeland School of Walworth County.  Participants were from the grades 4-6 and grades 7-9 age groups.


1st Place Grades 4-6 Hailey Wojciuch

1st place grades 4 to 6 Hailey Wojciuch

2nd Place Grades 4-6 Yadira Castro

2nd place grades 4 to 6 Yadira Castro

3rd Place Grades 4-6 Madison Wojciuch

3rd place grades 4 to 6 Madison Wojciuch

1st Place Grades 7-9 Michaela Courtway

1st place grades 7 to 9 Michaela Grace

2nd Place Grades 7-9 Tyler O'Brien

2nd place grades 7 to 9 Tyler O Brien

3rd Place Grades 7-9 Ashley Seidell

3rd place grades 7 to 9 Ashely Seidell

2018 Contest - Watersheds, Our Water, Our Home

The theme for 2018 was "Watersheds, Our Water, Our Home".  There were a total of 24 participants all from Traver Elementary School in Lake Geneva.  There were 10 participants in the grade 4-6 category and 14 in the grade 7-9 category.  One winner from Walworth County, Victoria Anaya, grade 7 at the time, was one the Southeast Area Contest and the poster was forwarded on to the State Contest.

1st Place Grades 4-6 Virginia Escaro

4 to 6 1st place

2nd Place Grades 4-6 Ashlin Nottestad

2018 Grade 4 to 6 4 to 6 2nd place (JPG)

3rd Place Grades 4-6 Karla Castro

4 to 6 3rd place

1st Place Grades 7-9 Victoria Anaya

2018 Grade  7 to 9 1st place (JPG)

2nd Place Grades 7-9 Cheyenne Billings

7 to 9 2nd place

3rd Place Grades 7-9 Grace Geils

7 to 9 3rd place