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Awards Banquet honors students, community members and KY lands

The Floyd County Conservation District held its annual awards banquet on Friday evening, March 23, at the Wilkinson-Stumbo Convention Center, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. Among those honored and recognized for their efforts toward "good stewardship" of Kentucky's lands were Big Sandy Community and Technical College Biology Professor Thomas Vierheller; Mrs. Virginia Artrip, for her contribution to the KACD Auxiliary Scholarship Program; and Mr. Robert Bailey, who was named 2007 Cooperator of the Year.
Ethan Joel Conley, an Allen Central High School senior, was named the recipient of the FCCD's $1,000 scholarship for this year.
Students who were named winners in the District's 2006-2007 school art and writing contests were also recognized, receiving t-shirts, certificates and trophies for their outstanding entries.
The following students were recognized:
School Kindergarten Winners: Dalton Mollett, Renea Pinion (Betsy Layne Elementary); Cameron Walker, Braxton Turner, Austin Combs (James A. Duff Elementary); Tannon Hamilton, Emily Williams, Natalie Lester (May Valley Elementary); Brenden Little, Johnny Collins (W.D. Osborne Elementary); Joseph Burchett, Makayla Slone, Sage Jervis (Prestonsburg Elementary); Amy Adkins, Garrison Yates, Harrison Ward (Wesley Christian School).
School Art Winners: Rebekah Tackett, Joshua Williams, Austin Jarrell (Allen Elementary); Drew Wright, Tamera Tuttle (Clark Elementary); Joseph Slone, Chris Horn, Joshua Bailey (James A. Duff Elementary); Olivia Slone, Jacob Ison, Madelyn Hamilton (May Valley Elementary); Daniel Halbert, Caitlin Shepherd, Trey Damron (McDowell Elementary); Diamond Griffey, Taylor Berger, Kennady Newsome (W.D. Osborne Elementary); Austin Bertrand, Summer Shepherd, Hunter Brown (Prestonsburg Elementary); Nicholas Osborne, Riley Flowers, Brooklyn Newsome (John M. Stumbo Elementary); Connor Risner, Madison Lafferty, Abigail James (Wesley Christian School).
School Writing Winners: Victoria Hampton, Donald Craft, Zach Rowe (James D. Adams Middle); Jeremy Conley, Cody Case, Lauren Mullins (Allen Central Middle); Kari Watkins (James A. Duff Elementary); Savannah Meade, Andrea Akers, Olivia Boyette (Betsy Layne Elementary); Austin Bailey, Sara Hall, Josh Clemons (W.D. Osborne Elementary); Ashleigh Hayton, Johnothan Ousley, Brooke Hatfield (Prestonsburg Elementary); Sarah Caldwell, Brian Howell, Kimberly Little (South Floyd Middle); Kristen Fitch, Kelsey Hall, Garran Newsome (Wesley Christian School); Samantha Wilson, Bridget Slone, Cassie Hyden (Allen Central High School); Steven Collins, Whitney Mosley, Greg Perry (Prestonsburg High School).
County Kindergarten Winners: Amy Adkins, first place, Wesley Christian School; Cameron Walker, second place, James A. Duff Elementary; Joseph Burchett, third place, Prestonsburg Elementary.
County Art Winners: Nicholas Osborne, first place, W.D. Osborne Elementary; Joseph Slone, second place, James A. Duff Elementary; Rebekah Tackett, third place, Allen Elementary.
County Writing Winners: Kristen Fitch, first place, Wesley Christian School; Sarah Caldwell, second place, South Floyd Middle School; Savannah Meade, third place, Betsy Layne Elementary.
The current Floyd County Conservation District Board of Supervisors are: Thomas Hardwick, chairman; Ernie Tackett, vice-chair; James J. Carter II, treasurer; Bert Layne, secretary; and Ruby Akers, Floyd B. Allen and Daniel Branson, members.
Floyd County Conservation District staff include: Tony W. Grubb, Conservation Technician; Michelle L. Goble, Environmental Educator; and Chris Slone, NRCS District Conservationist.
To learn more about the Floyd County Conservation District and its various school, community and scholarship programs, call 889-9800 or email to: conserve@bellsouth.net.
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