Speaking Contest 1st Place Winners:
(L-R) Elementary Division: Paige Lietz; Middle School Division: Lily Wagner; High School Division: Rebecca Hoevel. (Photo submitted)

Land and Water Conservation Department announces Environmental Speaking Contest Winners

On Tuesday, February 10th, the Marquette County Land & Water Conservation Department sponsored the Environmental Speaking Contest. The contest is designed to teach students about our environment while promoting research and public speaking skills.
A total of 10 students from Coloma Elementary School, Westfield Middle School, Westfield High School and High Marq Environmental School participated in the contest.  All students did a good job doing research and practicing their speeches as topics varied and local issues affecting our natural resources were used.  The speeches were of good quality; the judges had a difficult time determining the winners.  Topics ranged from Soil Conservation, Recycling, Invasive Species, Water Conservation and much more.

Here are the results of the contest:
 Elementary Division: First Place went to Paige Lietz, Coloma Elementary with the title “Breaking the Yellow Heart”.  Second Place in the Elementary Division went to Weston Hoffa, Coloma Elementary with the title “Earthworms”. Participants also in the Elementary Division from Coloma Elementary School were: Chelsea Huff with the speech title “Spotted Knapweed”, Adam Kraft with the title “The Round Goby”, Riley Verhasselt with the title “Attack of Spiny Water Fleas” and Tristan Flyte with “Water Conservation”.

Middle School Division: First Place went to Lily Wagner, Westfield Middle School with the title “Beat the Microbead”.  Second Place went to Mikayla Flyte, Westfield Middle School with the title “Does Your Dairy Air Smell”. Anna Schillinglaw, Westfield Middle School also presented a notable speech titled “Soil Conservation and Farming”.

Senior High Division: First Place went to Rebecca Hoevel, High Marq Environmental School with the title “Recycling and Landfill Pollution.”
The first place winners were invited to the area contest that took place on February 17th in Waupaca, Wisconsin.  We were very pleased that both Lily Wagner in the Middle School Division and Rebecca Hoevel in the Senior High Division won their age divisions and will now advance to the 2015 State Speaking Contest to be held in March.

All the students did a great job.  Research and preparation work was clearly visible with the high quality of speeches. 

Also, the Marquette County Land & Water Conservation Department appreciated all the teachers and parents for supporting this fun and educational contest, in particular to teachers Mrs. Quinn Shirley, Mr. Scott Toutant and Mr. Adam Brandt for their time and dedication in helping the students with their speeches. Without their support, the contest would not be possible.