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Scholarship prizes available for conservation speech contest winners

All South Dakota students in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete for $2,300 in higher education scholarships which are 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 2015 contest is "Technology: Bridging the Conservation Generation Gap."

Contests are coordinated by local conservation districts. Local winners advance to area contests held in seven locations. The top area speakers compete at the state finals in Pierre on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

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 & Wildlife Service and the South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts.

For more information on the Resource Conservation Speech Contest, contact your local conservation district or call Cec Johnson, natural resource specialist for SDDA, at 605-773-3623.

An entry form and complete list of rules can be found online at:

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http://sdda.sd.gov/legacydocs/Forestry/educational-information/PDF/2015Speech-BrochureTouchstone.pdf.

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