Thousands of students have participated in the Jim Claypool Conservation Writing contest since its introduction in 1944. The contest educates students on soil, water, forestry and wildlife conservation. Students take the knowledge they have gain and transform it into essays. Students can earn monetary prizes on the county, regional and state levels. They are also recognized each year by conservation districts around the state.
The contest is made possible through the hard work and dedication of sponsors such as the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts and 121 conservation districts across the state. This year, SLMS had three winners advance to the county level. They were Jadyn Fields, Zeta Morgan, and Will McCowan . These students' essays will now compete for county winner.