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#06-78 March 27, 2006

Young Outdoor Communicators’ Competition awards presented

South Carolina Wildlife Magazine has awarded the winners of the 2005-2006 Young Outdoor Communicators Competition. This year’s topic was “The Importance of Water to Our Daily Lives.”

Colton Poole; Mckenzie Leaphart; Jessica Padgett – Pelion Elementary

South Carolina Wildlife magazine has conducted a young writers’ competition for more than twenty years with the purpose of encouraging students to think about and write about natural resources issues,” says South Carolina Wildlife’s editor, Caroline Foster. “This year, because of declining participation during the past few years, we made some changes to the competition. We added a technology component, hoping that would engage students more. Now students can enter PowerPoint projects or short videos. The purpose of the competition is the same. Through participation in the YOCC experience, we hope students will become better stewards of their natural resources as well as better communicators in an increasingly high-tech world.”

Any student in grades 4 through 12 can participate, either individually or as a group, and teachers are encouraged to team up to sponsor one or more student projects. Schools are not limited in the number of entries they can submit.

Lisha Hylton is a 3rd grade teacher at Pelion Elementary School in Lexington District 1 and says she was extremely pleased with the motivation and effort her students shared in this project as well as the final results of their research, “My students analyzed sediment cores obtained from South Carolina’s coast for the purpose of documenting evidence of past hurricane strikes. With this knowledge obtained, the students were able to forecast predictions of future hurricane strikes, providing a valuable tool for conserving economy and ecology along our coast.”

The winners this year include:

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“Because this was the first year, we didn’t quite know what to expect from the entries. We were really pleased to see the work the students submitted—clearly they worked very hard. Each project reflected the students’ careful research presented in a creative way,” says Foster.

Prize packages, including $500 bonds for winning students and $500 for each winning school to be used toward purchase of computer hardware and/or software items for use by the students, were awarded in each grade-based category. Winners also receive a plaque for their school inscribed with their names and the names of their teachers and recognition in South Carolina Wildlife magazine.

YOCC is sponsored by Harry R.E. Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL), South Carolina Association for Educational Technology (SCAET), South Carolina Department of Education, South Carolina Wildlife magazine and The Joanna Foundation.
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