The Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District (UNWNRD) has announced the regional winners of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Poster Contest, themed “Healthy Soils are Full of Life!”

One of Chadron’s winners also went on to take top prize at the state level and will advance to the national competition.

Lucas Riley Ambrose won the grade eight regional competition and took first place at the state level in his age group for the fourth consecutive year. His poster will be judged in January at the national competition in Nashville, Tennessee.

Other first place regional winners are as follows:

• Brooklyn Hoffmann, Chadron Intermediate School, grade four

• Lillian Johndreau, Chadron Intermediate School, grade three

The local second place winners are Jace Paopao, grade four, and Sophie Watson, grade three, at Chadron Intermediate School.

Sheri Daniels, UNWNRD Conservation Program Coordinator, commends all the individual students that participated this fall putting their creative effort into action and completing incredibly meaningful artwork.

“It’s exciting to see young, local artists developing their creativity and using their own thoughts to design posters about Healthy Soils!”

The topic of the contest evolves each year to go along with the National Stewardship Week theme. One winner is selected in each of these divisions, K-1; 2-3; 4-6; 7-9; 10-12.

Typically, teachers bring the poster contest to their classrooms and encourage their students to compete. But if individual students want to participate outside of the classroom, contact your local Natural Resources District for information. The contest is open to all students in grades kindergarten through 12.