Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District has announced the winners of its annual conservation poster contest. This program is part of the National Association of Conservation Districts’ contest, which each year sets a national stewardship theme. Rebecca Jacobs, KLSWCD program manager, presented a lesson on this year’s theme, Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper, to more than 30 kindergarten-through-sixth-grade classrooms throughout Knox and Lincoln counties.

Three grade-category winners will be entered into the state competition. Each of these students received a $25 gift certificate to Flatbread Pizza, where the district will hold an environmental education fundraiser and poster contest gallery March 12.

The winner for grades four through six: Alyssa Giverdon (grade five), Thomaston Grammar School; for grades two and three: Aisley King (grade three), South School and for grades kindergarten and one: Jimia Stetson (grade one), Edgecomb Eddy School.

The judges also selected a winner from every classroom that submitted entries. Local entries were Appleton Village School: Manny Mosheyev; Ash Point Community School: Alivia Hall-Harrington; Hope Elementary School: Tucker Mank, Maggie Curtis, Kaley Lincoln, Oliver Wight; Miller School: Mariella LaBombard; South School: Zane Montgomery, Aisley King, Gabriella DeStefano; Thomaston Grammar School: Alyssa Giverdon; and Union Elementary School: Emilee Cook, Liza Esancy, Payton Conway.

Honorable mentions were awarded to: Gavin Campbell, Rowan Stewart, Mallory Watkinson, Olive Tomko, Isla Hancox, Eliza Gallant, Aubrey Sylvester, Matilda Stewart, Helena Leavitt, Atalanta Roberts, Thea Laukka, Alanna Smith, Grace Bickford, Tabitha McGregor, Baileigh Hooper, Vincent Frisone, Pedro Adorno, Ava Curtis, Oscar Barnes, Franklin Whytock, Hayden Libby, Aiden Beardsley, Kamryn Snell, Skyler Spoffurd and Gabriel Wood.

For the complete list of winners and pictures of category winners, visit