Posters show off students' stormwater runoff solutions

February 10, 2013 

Wake County fifth graders pose with their awards for creating the top 10 posters in the Wake Soil & Water Conservation District and Novozymes Nature’s GREEN-RELEAF Composting’s “Water: The Cycle of Life” poster contest. In the front row, from left, are first-place winner Mary Angellie Flores, Braelin Yarborough, Natalie Marochak and third-place winner Rohan Ray. In the second row, from left, are Sophie Cserey, Luanna Soares, Regan Jackson, second-place winner Brandon Cruz, Claire Fields and Jaden Ealy. Standing behind the students is Frank Franciosi from Novozymes Nature's Green-Releaf Composting.

COURTESY OF BILL SANDIFER

The Wake Soil & Water Conservation District and Novozymes Nature’s Green-Releaf Composting have named the winners of its “Water: The Cycle of Life” poster contest.

Wake County fifth-graders were invited to create posters showing ways to manage stormwater runoff. The posters were judged on the basis of artistic quality as well as scientific accuracy. The top 10 poster makers won a blue ribbon, a framed certificate, an invitation to the Friends of Wake Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual conservation awards celebration and a field trip this spring to see stormwater management practices in action. The top three winners also won cash prizes.

Mary Angellie Flores from Alston Ridge Elementary in Cary won first place, which came with a $100 prize. Her poster, which used illustrations and pull-tabs to present information about rain gardens, will compete at the regional level against the winning posters from 10 other counties.

The second-place winner was Brandon Cruz from Hilburn Academy in Raleigh. He won a $50 prize. Rohan Ray from Green Hope Elementary in Cary won third place and a $25 prize.

The other the top 10 winners were Luanna Soares, Jaden Ealy and Claire Fields from Green Hope Elementary; Sophie Cserey from Alston Ridge Elementary; Regan Jackson from Holly Springs Elementary; Natalie Marochak from Laurel Park Elementary in Apex; and Braelin Yarborough from Wendell Elementary.

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