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Speech Contest Winners Announced




For Immediate Release: May 8, 2017
Media Contact: Jody Heemstra, 605-773-4073



(***Editor’s note: This release contains links to audio and photos***)


Speech Contest Winners Announced


PIERRE, S.D.-The 56th annual State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech Contest was held at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The theme of this year’s contest was “Soil Health: What Will You Leave?”


Scholarships totaling $2,300 for the winners are provided by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of South Dakota. The contest is co-sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts.


“Winning first place and a $1,100 scholarship was Grace Brose,” said SDDA conservation specialist Tiffany Shannon. “Brose was sponsored by the Pennington County Conservation District and is a sophomore at New Underwood High School. Receiving second place and a $750 scholarship was Raina Grimsley. Grimsley was sponsored by the Davison County Conservation District and is a senior at Mitchell High School. Receiving third place and a $450 scholarship was Danika Gordon. Gordon was sponsored by the Lawrence County Conservation District and is a freshman at Sturgis Brown High School.” (***Download Shannon audio here***)


Brose is the daughter of Amanda Brose of New Underwood. Grimsley is the daughter of Ron and Misty Grimsley of Mitchell and Gordon is the daughter of Bruce and Kindra Gordon of Whitewood.


South Dakota high school students first participated in a local contest sponsored by their conservation district. Two students from each district were then eligible to participate in an area contest. From there, the top two winners from each of the designated areas were eligible to advance to the state finals. This year, seven contestants competed in the state finals.


Next year’s theme is “How Does Your Watershed?” For more information, contact your local conservation district office or SDDA at 605.773.3623.


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***Download a photo of Brose here***

***Click here for a link to videos of the speeches and more photos of the participants***