Lake Protection Essay Contest Winners Announced!

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 1:21am

Over the past 4 years, more than 2000 Warsaw Community High School freshmen have participated in the “Water Drop” program, spending a day on the water in a raft learning about our lakes and streams.  This year, the Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation sponsored the first lake protection essay contest.  Cash prizes were awarded to the top five essays.  

Lake Protection Essay Contest Winners

Mrs. Chris Foster, Cole Troutner (3rd place), Robert White (2nd place), Evan Hansen (3rd place), Andrew Scheidt (1st place), Nic Jansen (2nd place), and Mrs. Jen Hicks


The essays are really interesting! The students provided many solutions for protecting our lakes including:  creation of a Kosciusko County lakes council, a weekly article in the local newspaper, using phosphorus-free fertilizer, constructing wetlands, student field trips for lake education, volunteer cleanups, educational pamphlets, water conservation, reducing litter and emissions, and everyone (farmers, industries, and individuals) changing their habits to protect clean water.

Here is an excerpt of the first-place essay written by Andrew Scheidt:

[On our field trip to Tippecanoe Lake we learned about pollution facing lakes and rivers and what is causing it. High phosphorous levels are a major contributor to the bad water quality becoming prevalent in our watersheds. Poor water quality can shut down lakes, ruining recreational hobbies like fishing, boating, and swimming. Once a lake reaches this point, it takes a long time to return it to an acceptable status. Local economies are bolstered by tourism to the lakes, so the entire county could suffer without this extra revenue. Something needs to be done to protect these water habitats before they are destroyed. Creating a lakes council in Kosciusko County, made up of lake residents, would help find solutions to pollution problems and put them into use, such as promoting the use of phosphorous-free fertilizer and creating artificial wetlands.]  Click to read the full essay here.

Be sure to check out all of the winning essays attached below.