The Area Soil and Water Conservation District's Award Program recently honored several students and individuals from Runnels County. The event is held each year to honor those chosen by their respective soil and water districts as "Outstanding Conservationists."

The Area Soil and Water Conservation District’s Award Program recently honored several students and individuals from Runnels County. The event is held each year to honor those chosen by their respective soil and water districts as "Outstanding Conservationists."

This year’s event was held on March 30 at the Saint Ambrose Catholic Church Parish Hall in Wall.

Recipients from Runnels County were Julie Davenport and Lexie Davenport from Ballinger, Linda Frerich from Rowena, and Gary Jacob from Winters. Julie received an engraved plaque for her first place Outstanding Conservation Poster entry. She is in the fifth grade at Ballinger Elementary in Mrs. Cook's class and her mother is Connie Davenport.

Lexi Davenport, a sophomore at Ballinger High School and also the daughter of Connie Davenport, received an engraved plaque for her first place Outstanding Conservation Essay entry.

Frerich, a third grade teacher at Ballinger Elementary, received an engraved plaque for first place Outstanding Conservation Teacher. Jacob received an engraved plaque for first place Outstanding Conservation Farmer.

The San Angelo Area Awards Banquet gives local conservation districts an opportunity to recognize and honor individuals who have dedicated their efforts and talents to making wise use of renewable natural resources.

Sponsors of the awards banquet included the following Soil and Water Conservation Districts: Coke, Concho, Eldorado-Divide, Glasscock, Middle Concho, North Concho River, Runnels and Tom Green Counties.

Lexie Davenport and Linda Frerich were both honored at the Area II Regional Awards Banquet held on May 2 in Wall. Lexie Davenport was runner-up Conservation Essay winner. Frerich was chosen as the Regional Conservation Teacher and was chosen Outstanding State Conservation Teacher and will be honored at the State Banquet to be held in October in Galveston at Moody Garden.