Students awarded for ‘Dig Deeper’ posters

ABOVE LEFT: Elle Guetterman, a first grader at Marion Elementary School, was the first place poster contest. As part of the ceremony, she, and the second and third place winners, hold up a conservation T-shirt during the 73rd annual meeting and dinner of the Marion County Conservation District on Feb. 23 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. ABOVE CENTER: Second place poster contest winner Gabriela Nienstedt, Marion, smiles when she learned she was the runner-up. Marion Elementary School first grade students were the only school participating this year. ABOVE RIGHT: Myka Amos, took third place in the poster contest with presenters Alan Vogel and Mark Voth looking on. Each student’s contest entry is shown below their photo. Patty Decker/Free Press

“Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper,” was this year’s poster contest theme at the 73rd annual Marion County Conservation District dinner and meeting Feb. 23 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion.

Poster contest participants were first grade students at Marion Elementary School, said Alan Vogel, one of the presenters. The first place winner was Elle Guetterman, for her illustration of conservation activities above and below ground. Elle’s poster depicted someone digging up the soil, using a well for watering, which helps trees and other plants to grow.

Second place went to Gabriela Nienstedt, added a lot of color to her artwork with a waterway and plants above ground, and worms and other insects just below the surface. The third place winner was Myka Amos, who drew a tree, plant, pumpkin and bug needed to keep the soil healthy.

As the first place winner, Greg Bowers, MCCD board chairman, said Guetterman is eligible to compete in Topeka with other first place winners in her grade-appropriate category. The date for the state competition was not announced.

Election of district supervisor

More than 125 people attending the annual Marion County Conservation District meeting had an opportunity to vote for one of the three conservation district supervisors on the election ballot.

The candidates included Jon Christiansen, Jeffrey Soyez and Edward Svitak. After the votes were counted, Kent Becker, nominating committee member, said Christiansen received the most votes.