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Teens attend state conservation workshop

Two local teens were among an array of high school students participated in the 55th annual Resource Conservation Workshop from June 24 to 29 in Wake County. Soil and Water Conservation District boards across the state chose students to participate in the workshop based on demonstrated conservation interests. Four days of resource topics were taught by an innumerable number of resource professionals and N.C. State University staff.

Students also received information and insight into careers in natural resource management throughout the week. The fifth day culminated the classroom and field sessions where a written exam was conducted and an awards luncheon was held before students departed for home.

Beaufort Soil and Water Conservation District chose two local students to attend the workshop. The attendees were Brent Benson of Pantego and Tyler Sparks of Grimesland. Brent, the son of Mart and Anita Benson, is a rising junior at Pungo Christian Academy. Tyler, the son of Clenon and Natasha Sparks, is a rising senior at Southside High School. Both students have been active participants in their

school Envirothon teams.

The Resource Conservation Workshop is sponsored by the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in conjunction with the N.C. Division of Soil and Water Conservation, the N.C. State University Soil Science Department and the Soil and Water Conservation Society Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter.

Current freshmen, sophomores or juniors who are interested in attending the 2019 Resource Conservation Workshop may contact the Beaufort Soil and Water Conservation District office at 155C Airport Rd, Washington or call 252-946-4989, Ext. 3.