Henricopolis SWCD honors its stars at Assemblage

A century or so ago, Henrico County was known as the Dairy County of Virginia, and one of the largest dairy operations was centered at the Dorey family's barn in Varina.

On Jan. 7, the barn – now the site of the Dorey Park Recreation Center – was transformed into an art gallery, and its rafters hung with colorful student art work depicting nature scenes.

It was an appropriate venue for the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District's annual Assemblage, held to celebrate the year's accomplishments and recognize the stars of its conservation and education programs.

Mark Farkas of Camp Holly, who has farmed since he was 16 years old, was awarded the Clean Water Farm Award for 2015 (pictured, below, center, with Sheila McCauley and Associate Director Ken Carter), while Terri Higgins took honors as the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) Associate Director of the Year.

Among the honorees in the education field were Teachers of the Year Thomas Tourje of Hungary Creek M.S. (grades K-6) and Eric Byers of Highland Springs H.S., grades 7-12.

Byers was honored once again – along with fellow coach Dawn Sherwood – for his involvement in the school's Envirothon; HSHS students recognized for their Envirothon work included Cameron Porter, Justin Hayes, Seth Savage, and Jazmin Lopez-Herrera. Lopez-Herrera was also singled out for representing the district at the Youth Conservation Leadership Institute; and both she and Nick McDermott of Glen Allen H .S. drew praise for their involvement in the Youth Conservation Camp in July.

The youngest honorees of the evening were recognized for their outstanding entries in the student poster contest, which drew 297 entries and embraced the theme, "Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators."

Bennett Fosberg, a first-grader at Kaechele E.S. (pictured, at top), won in the grades K-1 division, while Jacqueline Dobersztyn of Rivers Edge E.S. (pictured, below, with dad, David) won in the grades 2-3 division.
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