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Monday, April 22, 2019

Highlands High School Student Wins Conservation Writing Contest

Highlands High School junior Madeline Mason was named the Campbell County Jim Claypool Writing Contest winner.  She received a cash award and read her essay at the annual Campbell County Conservation District Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 11, at Campbell County High School.  This year’s essay topic was “Diggin It”.

Maddy is an AP Environmental Science student, member of the Envirothon Team and National Honor Society and is passionate about the environment and preserving our natural resources. She is considering attending the University of Cincinnati to study biology.

Her essay was directed toward farmers and community members and explained the challenges we face with preserving our soils as well as strategies for soil and water conservation.  She noted in her essay, “human activities such as removal of plants and trees from riparian zones and creation of impervious surfaces, sediment has become the number one source of non-point source pollution.

Planting rain gardens and collecting water in rain barrels can help to maintain our soils integrity.”

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