Students illustrate ‘Healthy Soils’

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Winners of the Healthy Soils Are Full of Life poster contest, including Isla Amador, Aleiya Acosta-Batis, Alana Jones, Na‘e Vaughn, Audrey Jones and Cameron Haeger, show off their certificates and gingerbread cookies in front of the posters on display at Kukui Grove Center.

LIHUE — The posters are up and on display at the Kukui Grove Center through the holidays, said Jenni Scott, a conservation specialist with the East and West Kauai Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

First-place honors in the contest went to Audrey Jones, a first-grader at Kilauea Elementary School; Aleiya Acosta-Batis, a third-grader from Eleele Elementary School; and Karl Abella, a sixth-grader at Kapaa Middle School.

The contest was open to students in kindergarten through sixth-grade in three categories.

Scott said the Conservation Poster Contest is an annual event sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.

The top three winners in each category will receive a prize which will be delivered to the student’s school at a later date.

First-place winners will be forwarded to the national contest in Indiana.

“This year’s theme was ‘Healthy Soils are Full of Life,’” Scott said. “These posters represent the students’ interpretation of the theme. The conservation specialists had to visit some of the classes to give more detailed explanation and education on the theme. Overall, we’re happy because the participation is a little more than last year. All of the posters are up, and we even had some overflow which are posted on another wall.”

The posters will remain on display in the food court area at Kukui Grove Center through the holidays.

Scott said next year’s theme will be watersheds.


K-1st grade: Audrey Jones (Kilauea School), Na‘e Vaughn (Kilauea School), Isla Amador (Kilauea School)

2nd-3rd grade: Aleiya Acosta-Batis (Eleele School), Alana Jones (Kanuikapono), Noe Reyes (Eleele School)

4th-6th grade: Karl Abella (Kapaa Middle), Cameron Haeger (Kapaa Middle), Asher Morales (Kauai Christian Academy)


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