In 1955, the National Association of Conservation Districts began a national program to encourage Americans to focus on stewardship. Stewardship Week is officially celebrated from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May. It is one of the world’s largest conservation-related observances.
The Lower Sabine Neches Soil and Water District hosted an essay contest to get students involved in Stewardship Week. The Stewardship concept involves personal and social responsibility, including a duty to learn about and improve natural resources as we use them wisely, leaving a rich legacy for future generations.
Participants were required to write a 500-word essay about water quality.  The contest was open to all schools and students compete against other students in their grade level.
Three Orangefield High School students were honored for the essays they wrote.   Donovan Weldon was awarded 1st place, Tiffany Leverett placed 2nd, and Dusti Lummus placed 3rd.