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Students take part in county conservation speech contest

Pictured are the seven 2019 Conservation Speaking Contest participants, including (front, from left) Everett Theisen, Alex Bremer, Grady Jensen; (back, from left) Sonya Olson-Pechacek, Claire Gilles and Avery Singel. Submitted photo

The St. Croix County Community Development Committee & Resource Management Division recently sponsored the 2019 Conservation Speaking Contest, held on Monday, Feb. 4, in Baldwin at the Agricultural Service and Education Center. Speech contestants were asked to research a current, local environmental topic and prepare a speech on it.

Seven students participated in the conservation speech contest: Six elementary division participants from Rocky Branch Elementary School in River Falls and one senior division participant from Hudson High School. The first place elementary division winner was Everett Theisen with his speech "Our E-Waste Problem." Grady Jensen took second place in the elementary division with his speech entitled "Hog Wild: Kicking the Feral Pigs out of WI." And Claire Gilles took third place in the elementary division with her speech entitled "Endangered Species."

Adaire MacSwain from Hudson High School placed first in the senior division with her speech, "Well Well Well, Have you Tested Your Well Lately?"

Everett Theisen and Adaire MacSwain will go on to represent St. Croix County at the area conservation speech contest on Feb. 11, in Eau Claire.

Congratulations to all of the contestants and winners of the 2019 St. Croix Co. Conservation Speaking Contest!