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Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts Announce FIVE Youth Poster Contest Winners

(Lincoln, NE) The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) is excited to announce the state winners of the Natural Resources Districts (NRD) 2018 Poster Contest. The poster contest is connected to the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) yearly poster contest. It’s a fun way for students, K – 12 to use their imagination to design and draw a poster related to conserving our natural resources. This year, the poster contest theme used to inspire and teach our youth is “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home.”

Congratulations to these five Nebraska student winners!

K – 1: Emma Lienemann from Dodge, NE – Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District  


2 – 3: Luke Belina from Clarkson, NE – Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District


4 – 6: Naomi Busenitz from Nenzel, NE – Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District


7 – 9: Brooke Milam from Thedford, NE – Upper Loup Natural Resources District


10 – 12: Zoey Kreikemeier from West Point, NE – Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District


“This poster contest goes deeper than just kids drawing pretty pictures,” Erika Hill, public relations director of the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts said. “It’s a way to get them thinking about what it truly means to conserve our natural resources and to learn about watersheds and other important parts of Nebraska’s resources. We hope they grow up with an interest in learning more and doing their part to continue creating a sustainable future for us all.”

Different grade levels are grouped together from Kindergarten through 12th grade. One local NRD winner is selected in every division. Each division is K-1; 2-3; 4-6; 7-9; 10-12. Those winners are sent to the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts state competition. The state winners are then selected to compete at the national competition in Washington D.C. Next year’s 2019 poster contest theme is “Life in the Soil: DIG DEEPER.”

Typically, the NRDs send poster contest information out to area teachers who then introduce the poster contest to their classrooms and encourage their students to compete. If individual students want to participate outside of the classroom, you can submit them to your local natural resources district. All students, K – 12 are welcome to compete. Call Erika Hill at NARD at 402-471-7672 or email her at to get signed up to participate next October.

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