Kids for Conservation
About The Program
Sponsored by Dominion Energy
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition invites all Tri-County students, grades 1st through 12th to participate in the Kids for Conservation arts competition. KFC has been a great source of pride for SEWE for over twenty years and we are pleased to continue this excellent program in the Lowcountry.
SEWE is working diligently to promote Kids for Conservation in the Tri-County area and engage all students in the importance of conservation. It is our hope that students who invest in conservation efforts as youth will continue to protect our wildlife and environment as adults.
Congratulations to our 2023 winners!
1st Place: Kai Rembert – Baby Spider Monkey, 5th Grade, Moncks Corner Elementary
2nd Place: Lawson Rembert – Coastal Owl, 5th Grade, Porter Gaud School
3rd Place: Trinket Ward – The Morning Squirrel, 5th Grade, Porter Gaud School
Honorable Mention: AJ Sparks – The Grass is Always Greener, 5th Grade, Devon Forest Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Jefferson Carper – Eagle, 2nd Grade, Daniel Island School
Honorable Mention: Jatziri Monnar – Textured Snake, 3rd Grade, Westview Elementary
1st Place: Lucy Kugler – Wadmalaw Sunset, 7th Grade, Charleston School of the Arts
2nd Place: Celia Abney – Hiding Shell, 6th Grade, Charleston School of the Arts
3rd Place: Saylour LoVallo – Monarch Blaze, 6th Grade, Charleston School of the Arts
Honorable Mention: Riley Henderson – Bulls Island Blueberries, 6th Grade, Charleston School of the Arts
Honorable Mention: Meagan Johnson – A Second with History, 7th Grade, C.E. Williams South
1st Place: Bryce Hunt – The Ocean, 7th Grade, C.E. Williams Middle School
The Ocean by Bryce Hunt
Sailors off from the shore
This their Job evermore
They step upon the ship
What fate finds them on sea?
What be the ocean’s fee?
Salt water quenching their lip
Do they harvest the ocean’s fish?
Fair weather, only facing a fogs mist?
Storms come to the coast
Do they find themselves needing warmth?
From the cold of the north?
Cold may chill there spines on the boat
Do they find their expedition fruitless?
Is the trip found to be useless?
Many hardships they could face
Maybe storms strike the ship, the crew at bay.
Or drought strikes, for rain they pray.
They could experience natures embrace
Is the storm a curse more than a wish?
Do they find themselves frozen among the swimming fish?
The rough wood may tear apart
Does the ocean’s beauty show its face?
Or does the sea give no grace?
Does the ship go into places not on charts
Do the sailors come home to success?
Do they find their grace, their rest?
A calm in the storm may find it’s way
Is the rest forever in the ocean?
Are they lost among the waves commotion?
Graceful skies, or lost among the fray?
That the oceans beauty is two sided, double edged.
Don’t ever get comfortable, for you may be as safe on a shores thin, rocky ledge.
2nd Place: Erika “Curtis” Curtis – The Frog, 7th Grade, C.E. Williams Middle School
The Frog By Curtis
The frog- a confusing friend
So small and compact
So organized and intact
With the wildlife, they blend
Yet still loud and social
They ribbit and croak
In land or water they soak
Some would say-they’re so chill
They ooze with slime
A large shiny coat
It might help them float
Or make them slip and slide
Some covered in vibrant tint
Though they are very pretty
You cannot touch-oh what a pity
It’s a colorful hint
The frog- an interesting friend
So small and compact
So organized and intact
In my heart they blend
3rd Place: Nikolas Larionovs – The Forest, 7th Grade, C.E. Williams Middle School
The Forest by Nikolas Larionovs
As I walk towards the forest,
In quiet August,
The air was green,
Smelt like the inside of bark,
The grass and leaves were green like an emerald,
The floor was as bumpy as an unsharpened rock.
The light shone on me,
Through the trees like a beacon,
As I walk past the ruby roses,
I notice beautiful blossoms,
I found a pathway,
I followed it.
It was dark and dim,
I couldn’t see anything,
A bright light shone onto my face,
I finally found the exit,
I finally left the lime forest
I went to my warm home.
Birdhouse Competition Winners
1st Place: Charlotte Whitley – Bird Ross, 9th Grade, Charleston School of the Arts
2nd Place: Ella Cutaia – Rockin Robin Retreat, 9th Grade, Charleston School of the Arts
3rd Place: Whitney Werking – Hobbit Hen Den, 9th Grade, Charleston School of the Arts
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