Lillian McConkey, sophomore,  is the winner of the national poster contest for the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD).  The NACD sponsors a poster contest annually for students in grades K-12.  Each year the contest has a different theme.  The 2020 theme was “Where would we Bee without Pollinators?”

 Lillian won the grand prize overall at the local level with Peter Francisco Soil and Water Conservation District (serving Buckingham and Cumberland) and received a check for $75.

 Lillian won first place for the Grade 10-12 category at the state level with the Virginia Association of Conservation Districts (VASWCD).   There are 47 Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the Commonwealth of Virginia which serve the 95 counties and 39 independent cities in Virginia.  Lillian won a check for $100, some art supplies, a nature book and a plaque.

 Lillian won first place for the Grade 10-12 category at the national level with the National Association of Conservation Districts.  There are nearly 3,000 conservation districts in the United States and each of the 50 states sent their first place poster for each category (K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12)  to be judged at the national level.  Lillian will receive a certificate and a check for $200 from NACD which will be mailed directly to her home address.

 Lillian’s poster may be used by NACD  for educational material relating to pollinators.   

Lillian said that she credits Mr. Shidell for encouraging her to enter the contest.

Pictured above:  Trae Shidell, Elise Corbin, Lillian McConkey, and Eugene Williams (principal)