Two Gilford Butler Elementary students have won the regional competition for the annual conservation poster organized by the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District. The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides students in kindergarten through grade six with an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. This year’s theme was: Healthy Soils Are Full Of Life.

Gilford Bulter, which teaches children in kindergarten through grade two, had winners in the K-1 and Grades 2-3 categories. Lucy White, a first-grader in Mary Tolman’s class, won for the K-1 category. Jett Woods, a second-grader from South Thomaston in Pamela Walton’s class, won in the Grade 2-3 category. Judging was done by an outside panel that looked only at the posters and did not see who the students were, or which schools they attended. Entries from eight local schools were considered.

White and Woods, along with those who won for their classes and received honorable mentions, were recognized in front of their peers Thursday morning, March 2, at the school by Rebecca Jacobs of the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District.

The regional winner in the grade four to six category was Gwenaveere Hustus, a student at Lincolnville Central School. Her poster, along with White's and Woods’, will be sent on to the state competition.