Winners of the 2012 state Resource Conservation Speech contest in South Dakota will be eligible to win a total of $2,300 in college scholarships.
All South Dakota students in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete for $2,300 in higher education scholarships provided by the East River and Rushmore Electric Power Cooperatives and South Dakota Rural Electric Association. Scholarships are awarded to the top three finalists: first place is $1,100; second place is $750; and third place is $450.
The theme for the 2012 contest is “75 Years of Conservation: What’s Next?”
All contestants participate in contests coordinated by local conservation districts. Local winners advance to area contests held in seven locations. The top area speakers will compete at the state finals in Pierre on April 14, 2012.
The contest is sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA), in cooperation with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of South Dakota, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts.
For more information on the 2012 Resource Conservation Speech Contest, contact your local conservation district or call Cec Johnson, Natural Resources Specialist for SDDA, at 605-773-3623 or 800-228-5254 (in SD).
An entry form and complete list of rules can be found online at: