Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Dorchester Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual Affiliate and Awards Banquet on May 12 at Brosnan Forest.
District Chairman Jimmy Fender welcomed everyone. All affiliate members were recognized and Fender thanked them for their support in promoting conservation and the wise use of natural resources.
Marc Cribb with DNR presented Commissioner Tolman Salisbury with a pen recognizing him for 40 years of service as a commissioner.
Commissioner Bobby Long presented the district scholarship award. Each year the district presents a $500 - $1,000 scholarship award to a deserving high school senior or college freshman to assist in furthering their education in an agricultural or environmental field. The student must present an application demonstrating ability, knowledge, and need for the scholarship.
The scholarship was presented to Phillip A. “Drew” Myers Jr. of Woodland High School. Myers is the son of Andy and Angie Myers and plans to attend Clemson University, majoring in agricultural mechanization and business. He has held an active membership in Woodlands’ Interact Club and the National Honors Society and is currently employed at J & C Farms.
Commissioner Marie Dantzler recognized the photo contest winners. The district sponsors a youth photography contest for students in ninth through 12th grades.
Categories were: Close Up Conservation, Wildlife, Trees And Plants and Landscapes. First place winners in each of the four categories received a certificate and $50.
Maddy Cantrell won “Close Up Conservation” with her photo entitled “My View”. Peyton Gilmore won “Wildlife” with her photo entitled “The Buck Stops Here”. Katie Baucom won “Trees and Plants” with her photo entitled “Reflections”. Cassidy Legates won “Landscapes” with her photo entitled “Edisto.”
District Conservationist, Jeff Lucas, presented an educational PowerPoint presentation on the progression of the Cover Crop Project from initial planting to present date. This project was sponsored by the Soil and Water Conservation District.
District Chairman Fender recognized Bobby Behr of Ashley Ridge High School as Conservation Teacher of the Year for Dorchester County and presented him with a plaque and $100. Bobby was also chosen Teacher of the Year for S.C. by the State Soil and Water Conservation District.
Behr has been instrumental in starting vegetable gardens at all 22 schools in Dorchester District Two. He was the guest speaker for the night and shared with the group how the process began at Ashley Ridge High School and where they are today.