Three local students win top honors in the 2005 Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts (TACD) State Poster Contest. Out of five possible contest categories, Cumberland County students won first place in three of the categories.

Andrew Moore, a student at Meridian Christian Academy, placed first in the kindergarten-first grade category. CCHS student John Neal won first place in the seventh-ninth grade category. Also placing first in the tenth-twelfth grade category was CCHS student Kelley Willits.

"Celebrate Conservation" was the theme for the poster contest. It emphasized the importance of conserving our natural resources and the role that conservation plays in sustaining all life on earth. The Cumberland County Soil Conservation District (SCD) hosted a countywide contest with local first place winners being entered in the TACD State Contest. All three winners and their families recently attended the TACD 62nd State Convention in Gatlinburg, TN where they were honored at an awards breakfast. Each student was recognized individually and received an engraved plaque, along with a $75 savings bond. Their posters were submitted to the National Association of Conservation District's National Poster Contest.

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