BENAVIDES - Students from Duval County were recognized Monday afternoon at the Benavides Civic Center during a Agua Poquita Soil and Water Conservation District #321 meeting in their honor.

Students participated in a poster and essay contest centered around soil and water conservation. Winners received a gift card and a certificate.

Winners of the poster contest:

First place - Andrea Makayla Saavedra - Norman Thomas Elementary, Freer ISD

Second place - Madison Hinojosa - Norman Thomas Elementary, Freer ISD

Third place - Susan Martinez - Noman Thomas Elementary, Freer ISD

Winners of the essay contest junior division:

First place - Julian Alaniz - Benavides Secondary - also place third in area and will be recoginzed in Victoria

Second place - Joshua Alazo - Benavides Secondary

Third place - Melody Perez - Benavides Secondary

Winners of the essay contest senior division:

First place - Zoe Leora Benavides - San Diego High School

Second place - Corey Lazo - San Diego High School

Third place - Kyrsten Perez - San Diego High School