This year’s “The Living Soil” Top Ten poster contest winners represent four elementary schools in Wake County.
The 5th graders’ challenge was to research the many kinds of organisms that live in the soil ecosystem and illustrate ways people can protect precious topsoil from erosion, compaction, and chemical contamination.

Over 1,125 5th graders entered the annual poster contest sponsored by Wake Soil & Water Conservation District and Novozymes Nature’s GREEN-RELEAF Composting. The top four poster winners won cash prizes of $100, $50, and $25 (two tied for 3rd Place), and were recognized at the 2013 Conservation Awards Celebration sponsored by Friends of Wake Soil and Water Conservation District.

This spring the Top Ten winners will tour Novozymes Nature’s GREEN-RELEAF Composting facility to see compost being made on a large scale to be used as a soil conditioner by homes and businesses, and in compost socks that slow and filter stormwater runoff to reduce erosion.

Posters with the best balance of accurate science and original artwork won 10 Wake County students top honors
FARMINGTON WOODS Elementary in Cary

  • Luke Boehling, art teacher Brandy Smith (2nd place)

GREEN HOPE Elementary in Cary

  • Hill Brooks, teacher Michele Johnson (1st place)
  • Colin Fleming, teacher Laura Zimmerman
  • AnukshaRam Madhan, teacher Alice Nagy

HUNTER Elementary in Raleigh

  • Jacob Patrick Ford, teacher Kara LaBella
  • Phenix Pace, teacher Hezekiah Wardlow
  • Caroline Sherer, teacher Carol Wooten
  • Carmen Stevenson, teacher Carol Wooten (3rd place tie)

JONES DAIRY Elementary in Wake Forest

  • Aiden Holczer, teacher Jason Booser (3rd place tie)
  • Rikhil Fellner, teacher Cherry Jackson