Speaking with enthusiasm and excitement, Lauren Sain invited the 17 million full-time and the 50 million annual visitors to Florida to join her in planning the food, decorations and entertainment that will assure everyone a good time, as we all contribute to the conservation of Florida's natural resources.

Lauren is a senior at Branford High School and very involved in school groups as well as her community. Lauren won the Branford Speech Contest on Jan. 27 and the County Speech Contest on Feb. 3. She will represent the Suwannee County Conservation District at the area contest in June and hopefully on to the state contest July 29.

Placing second was Paige Thomas, a 10th grader at Suwannee High School and also a very active student. Paige covered the history of conservation starting with the 'Dust Bowl' of the 1930s and continuing to modern conservation practices that will ensure we have safe foods and clean water!

Lauren Ulmer, a sixth grader at Suwannee Middle School, placed third, highlighted many water concerns and gave examples of modern conservation practices and how each of us can make a difference daily with good conservation habits.

Placing fourth, Tori Henderson, a sixth grader at Suwannee Middle School; fifth place, Tineke Swart, representing the Suwannee County 4-H, and placing sixth was Kayla Eaton, a sixth grader from Branford.

Congratulating the winners and presenting their cash prizes was John Walt Boatright, last year's area contest winner.

The Conservation District Supervisors, Andy Jackson, Nancy Barnes, James Williams and Ronnie Lawson, express their THANKS to Teachers/Sponsors Jackie Barnes, Melissa Woodrum, Jason Chandler and Nancy Barnes for their support of these opportunities for students to enhance their professional skills, in particular as it relates to Agriculture, Suwannee County's number one industry! Also, we thank the parents for their encouragement!

For more information regarding the Conservation District's natural resource programs, call your local office at 386-362-2622, x 3.

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