Over 100 friends of conservation turned out at Pattison Park on September 14th for the 74th Annual Meeting of the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District. The evening got underway with the election of two board supervisors and a tasty meal by Taste of the Good Life Catering.
Several conservation partners were recognized for their 2016-2017 achievements in the conservation field. The Hatfield Brothers of Franklin Township were honored as the District’s Conservation Cooperators of the Year.
Brenda Siepmann, the STEMs teacher for Clermont Northeastern schools (shown right with SWCD Supervisor Melody Newman), was awarded the District’s Outstanding Conservation Teacher of the Year award.
Brenda Siepmann believes students in science should get ‘down and dirty’! In addition to her classroom lessons, Brenda continues to explore science with students through an after-school science club. Here, they have studied birds in the school’s bird blind, completed stream studies on the water, and studied the fish in the school pond. For the past two years, the students have hosted a STEM symposium where they share their research projects or experiments with the community. They also meet and compete with gifted students in other local districts for added challenges. The school has partnered with Bethel and Felicity for challenges such as Mystery Day and iGames – an Olympics competition with invertebrates.
The Clermont County Commissioners and the Ohio Congress presented the award recipients with proclamations recognizing their accomplishments and dedication to promoting good land stewardship.
The Wave Foundation at Newport Aquarium provided the entertainment of the evening with their penguin and also displayed the new mobile freshwater aquarium constructed with the help of the Regional Stormwater Collaborative.
The district would like to extend a special thank-you to all individuals and businesses who donated funds or door prizes to help make the 2017 conservation banquet a great success.