Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper

Where Would We Bee Without Pollinators” Poster Contest sponsored by Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) proclaimed Apr. 26 – May 3, 2020, as Stewardship Week, marking the 65th year of the national event. In celebration of Stewardship Week, Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District sponsored a Poster Contest. Corresponding with stewardship week, the Poster Contest theme was “Where Would We Bee Without Pollinators?” The grocery stores would be rather empty without the hard work of bees, birds, butterflies, bats and other pollinators. More than 80 percent of the world’s plants need pollinators to survive, including many that provide the food we eat. But today, many pollinators are in trouble and in decline. When pollinators shrink in number, many plants either produce less seed or no seed at all.
The Geauga SWCD received numerous entries this year. The winners of this year’s contest are as follows: Grades 2-3: 1st place– Thomas Skytta of Jordak Elementary and 2nd place– Michael Yeager of Westwood Elementary; Grades 4-6: 1st place– Janna Winningham of Westwood Elementary School and 2nd place– Bethany Shively of 4-H Club Plant Masters; Grades 7-9: 1st place– Jacob Shively of 4-H Club G.E.A.R and 2nd place– Sarah Shively of 4-H Club Plant Masters and Grades 10-12: 1st place– Sarah Skytta of Cardinal High School.  Winners will be recognized at the Geauga SWCD 76th Open House and Annual Meeting on October 17th at Geauga County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Area.
The first-place winners of each category moved on to the State Competition where they have a chance to move on to the National Competition. Congratulations to all of the talented youth of Geauga County and visit the District website at to view the 2020 winning posters.
The purpose of the contest is to encourage in our youth a connection to the important benefit of protecting our soil and water resources. All students from public, private, home schools and youth organizations were encouraged to enter.
For information about Stewardship Week and the Conservation Poster Contest, contact Geauga SWCD at 1-440-834-1122 or Additional information about Stewardship Week is available on the NACD website at
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