Local student attends environmental workshop, wins scholarship

RALEIGH — The 55th Annual Resource Conservation Workshop was held June 24-29, at NC State University. Ninety-one high school students from across North Carolina, including Khalil McKoy, a student from East Bladen High School, were recommended by their local soil and water conservation districts and participated in the six-day camp that included studies in soil science; water, wildlife, recreation and fish management; forestry and forestry management; and soil and water conservation. The camp culminated in a celebration of knowledge exam that determined the following five high score place winners. Eight outstanding students were recommended by counseling staff to be interviewed for two additional awards.

2018 Resource Conservation Workshop Winners

— 1st Place——Margaret Johnson, Chatham SWCD——$500.00 scholarship plus $100.00 cash

— 2nd Place——Kaitlin Moore, Haywood SWCD—-$275.00 scholarship plus $100.00 cash

— 3rd Place——Kaylyn Burnham, Camden SWCD——-$100.00 cash

— 4th Place——Patrick Deegan, Chatham SWCD——-$75.00 cash

— 5th Place——Landon Aldridge, Catawba SWCD——$50.00 cash

— S. Grady Lane Scholarship——Maggie Thomas, Union SWCD—$500.00 scholarship plus $100

— DEA Scholarship——Kahlil MCoy, Bladen SWCD——-$1,000.00 scholarship

— Area 1 Glen Carson Award——Kaitlin Moore, Haywood SWCD——$250.00 cash

The District Employee’s Association Award selection criteria include the student being interested in the subject matter, not only respecting and responding to teachers, but also participating in activities; planning for higher education in the field of Natural Resources, Environment Science, or other related subject; and achieving a satisfactory grade (at least 75 percent) on the final examination administered at the RCW. Preference is given to a student who is related to a Soil and Water Conservation District employee, and students may have a financial need.

McKoy was also a nominee finalist for the S. Grady Lane Scholarship. S. Grady Lane, former division director, helped start RCW. Students are recommended by counseling staff for scholarship interviews on the basis of citizenship, leadership, and demeanor.

The workshop is sponsored and organized by the N. C. Division of Soil and Water Conservation, the N. C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, and N. C. State University’s Soil Science Department and the McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education.

Pictured with McKoy is Earl Miller, an agriculture instructor from East Bladen High School, who served as a counselor for the workshop.