Trempealeau County Conservation Awareness Speaking Contest

The Trempealeau County Department of Land Management held the Conservation Awareness Speaking Contest on January 15th, 2020 at the Courthouse, in Whitehall, WI. The Speaking Contest was sponsored by the Trempealeau County Environment and Land Use Committee. Four speeches were entered in the Elementary Division - Grades 5 & 6, and one speech in the Junior Division - Grades 7 & 8. The Conservation Awareness Speaking Contest aims to promote the conservation of natural resources and the protection or enhancement of environmental quality. Emphasis is placed on the subject as it relates to Trempealeau County and Wisconsin. The speeches in their age group had to be between 3-5 minutes in length for the Elementary Division, and 5-8 minutes for the Junior Division. Speeches were judged on content, delivery and style.

Serving as judges were: George Brandt, Environment and Land Use Committee Chair, Tim Zeglin, Trempealeau County Board Chair and Retired High School English Teacher and Forensics Coach, and Kirstie Heidenreich, Trempealeau County Department of Land Management Planning and Conservation Coordinator.

The first place Elementary Division and Junior Division speakers will move on to the Western Area Speaking Contest to be held in Viroqua on Monday, January 27, 2020.

The following is a list of 2020 Winners:

ELEMENTARY DIVISION
1st Place: Andrew Bishop "Emerald Ash Borer: Not the Gem You're Looking For"
2nd Place: Joshlyn Lunsford "Honeysuckle: The Bittersweet Truth"
3rd Place: Cheyenne Thompson "Butterflies - Not Just Beautiful"

JUNIOR DIVISION
1st Place: Charlie Thompson "Importance of Cover Crops" 

Photo of Speaking contest Winners holding their trophys from left to right Andrew Bishop, Joshlyn Lunsford, Charlie Thompson, Cheyenne Thompson
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Andrew Bishop, Joshlyn Lunsford, Charlie Thompson, Cheyenne Thompson

Photo of Speaking Contest Winners, Judges and Coordinators from left to right George Brandt - Trempealeau County Environment & Land Use Committee Chair Kirstie Heidenreich - Trempealeau County Planning & Conservation Coordinator Andrew Bishop, Joshlyn Lunsford, Charlie Thompson, Cheyenne Thompson Tim Zeglin - Trempealeau County Board Chairman
(from left to right)
George Brandt - Trempealeau County Environment & Land Use Committee Chair
Kirstie Heidenreich - Trempealeau County Planning & Conservation Coordinator
Andrew Bishop, Joshlyn Lunsford, Charlie Thompson, Cheyenne Thompson
Tim Zeglin - Trempealeau County Board Chairman