Williamsburg Soil and Water Conservation District

Poster Contest   -  Each year the District sponsors a Poster Contest for Kindergarten thru 3rd grade classes. Posters are class projects.  The winning class receives their choice of a pizza or ice cream party.  The 2019 winners were:   2nd grade - Ms. Nesmith's Class at Hemingway Elementary School and 3rd grade - Mrs. Cox's Class at Williamsburg Academy. 

Essay Contest  The Conservation District holds an essay contest each year for grades 4 - 8.  The 2019 topic was Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper.  The students' essays explored the many ways we need healthy soil.  The 2019 winners were:  4th Grade - 1st Place - Justin Stewart and 2nd Place - Jayden Lide both of Greeleyville Elementary.  5th Grade - 1st Place -  Leighten Powell and 2nd Place - Carson Ann McCutchen, both of Williamsburg Academy, 6th Grade - 1st Place - Wyatt Floyd and 2nd Place - Reece Barrineau both of Williamsburg Academy, 7th Grade - 1st Place - Kassidy McCutcheon and 2nd Place - Landon Eaddy both of Williamsburg Academy, 8th Grade - 1st Place - Brock Hundley and 2nd Place - Holdon Baylor both of Williamsburg Academy.

A County Winner was chosen from all the winners of each grade and the County Winner for 2019 is Brock Hundley who attends Williamsburg Academy.

The Teacher of the County Winner was Mrs. Crystal Mercer and she will be eligible to receive a cash prize to be used for conservation concerns in her classroom.


                                Justin Stewart and Jayden Lide


Photography Contest - The Conservation District sponsors a photography contest for students in the 9 -12 grades.  Students may enter in any of the four categories: Trees and Plants, Native Wildlife, Landscapes, or Rural Life.

The winning photos for 2019.         


                      Landscapes                                                         Rural Life                                                       Native Wildlife                                                

Senior Conservation Achievement Award - This $500.00 award is available to college bound seniors with an interest in one of the many fields of conservation.  The 2019 recipient is Craig Holt McFadden.  Craig graduated from Williamsburg Academy and plans to attend Clemson University or Horry Georgetown Technical College to pursue a degree in Forestry Management Technology with a Wildlife Path.  Craig works at Kingstree Forest Products and his goal is to become a registered forester. 

Teacher's Classroom Award - Each year the District offers an award to assist with conservation education in the classroom.  It is available to a 6th grade class.  The award is given to the winning teacher to be used for his or her classroom.  This year, Ms. Crystal Mercer's class at Williamsburg Academy, won the award for their "Project Feeder Watch".  The students installed a bird feeding station along with a spy cam which they used to video feedings on selected days.  The class viewed the recordings and kept a tally of the number of each species and then entered the data on the Project Feeder Watch webpage.  The information helps to monitor the different species both common and rare.  Birds are the best barometers of the health of our environment.

Earth Day:  Earth Day is April 22 and each year the Conservation District observes it by providing conservation educational information.  This year the WSWCD donated conservation books to the library at Williamsburg Academy.

4H Camp:  The District sponsors two students each year to attend 4H Camp.  It is held each summer at Camp Long and Camp Bob Cooper.  Ages 7 - 14 can attend.  Campers activities include swimming, canoeing, high adventure elements and climbing tower, nature hikes and team sports, archery and riflery, nightly skits and games, a dance and talent show and 4H animals.  The week long camp has plenty of fun, friends and adventure.  The District is sponsoring 4 students to attend in 2019. 

Pickney Leadership Camp:  The Pinckney 4H Leadership Conference is a week long camp for rising 10th and 11th grade students which is held on the Clemson campus.  The activities include leadership workshops, team building, community engagement, whitewater rafting and more.  The District sponsors 2 students to attend.

Commissioner's School for Agriculture: - This week long program which is held at Clemson University, is for rising 11th and 12th grade students with a genuine interest in the fields of agriculture and natural resources.  The District will sponsor a county student if accepted.


FFA Competition:  Each year the South Carolina Future Farmers of America and Horry Georgetown Technical College host the Wildlife Career Development Event at the HGTC campus.  At this competition over 200 high school students from across the state who are interested in managing our natural resources in the future compete.  The Williamsburg Conservation District assists each year with the competition.

Camp Wildwood:  This outdoor environmental workshop is held at King's Mountain State Park in June.  It is for 10th to 12th grade students.  They learn about the diversity of our natural resources through fun activities and the variety of career choices within the environmental field.  The District will sponsor a student if accepted. 

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