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For Immediate Release: February 26, 2007
Contact: Lynne Richmond
(609) 633-2954

(TRENTON) – Four New Jersey students earned top honors in a national poster contest designed to raise awareness of natural resources and related issues among young people.

“Having all four of New Jersey’s entries in the National Conservation Poster Contest place first is a great honor for our state and showcases the talented young people who live here,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus. 

Eugene Han of Mahwah placed first in the Grades 2-3 category; Jessica Chu of Livingston placed first in Grades 4-6; Angel Liu of Hackettstown placed first in Grades 7-9; and, Allen Lin of Holmdel, a past national poster contest winner, placed first in Grades 10-12.  The competition is sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts and the NACD Auxiliary in cooperation with the Washington County Soil Conservation District in Maryland.  Each student received a $100 prize. 

The students’ posters illustrated the theme of “Water Wise.”  The posters were displayed at the NACD’s 61st Annual Conference held in February in Los Angeles. 

One hundred and fifty-three posters from 33 states were entered in the 16th annual contest.  Of the 15 winning posters chosen nationwide, New Jersey students produced four, all taking first place in their grade level categories.

To advance to the national contest, the posters had to first win on the district level and then on the state level in a competition sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Committee.  First place winners received $200 bonds, second place $100 bonds, and third place $50 bonds.  There were more than 1,000 entries in the statewide contest.

New Jersey’s 15 soil conservation districts work to conserve and manage soil and water resources in the state. For more information about local conservation poster contests or other conservation education programs, contact your local soil conservation district or the State Soil Conservation Committee at (609) 292-5540.