2019 Winners – Northwoods Invasive Species Poster Contest – Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Program

2019 Northwoods’ Invasive Species Poster Contest



  • List of 2019 Poster Contest Winners
  • Goal
  • Who can Participate?​
  • Poster Entry Information
  • Prizes
  • Classroom Outreach: Schedule a Classroom Visit
  • Teacher & Student Resources
  • Invasive Species Profile Sheets

Take a look at the 2019 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning posters and Best of Show winning poster.

4th Grade Winners

First Place
Cullen Birchmeier
Park Falls Elementary
Third Place 
Cyanna Kaplan
​Arbor Vitae-Woodruff Elemntary
Second Place
Aubree Williams
Arbor Vitae-Woodruff Elementary
Third Place
Leighton Wauters
​Arbor Vitae-Woodruff Elementary

5th Grade Winners

First Place
Brady Ferrington
​Wabeno Elementary
Second Place
​Alexis Luoma
Solon Springs School

Third Place
Erica Johnson
​South Shore

6th Grade Winners

​First Place
Francesca Germano

​Second Place
Azure Grant
South Shore

Third Place
Addison Hanson

7th and 8th Grade Winners

​First Place & Best of Show
Paige Oleinik
​James Williams Middle School

​Second Place
Jessica Morrone
Phillips Middle School

Third Place
Heath Hoyt
Solon Springs

4th Grade Honorable Mention

  • Kezia Mitchell, Phillips Elementary
  • Amber Wamser, Phillips Elementary
  • Madison Jacobs, Solon Springs Elementary
  • Diovoni Durham, Crandon Elementary
  • Janae Lipka, Marengo Valley School
  • Bladen Charlson, Marengo Valley School
  • Miley Bigo, Marengo Valley School
  • Karalee Bellika, Marengo Valley School
  • Jocelyn Granger, Marengo Valley School
  • Ace Stajduhar, Marengo Valley School
  • Isabel Ovsak, Sugar Camp Elementary
  • Somerr Ridgeway, Sugar Camp Elementary
  • Jozlyn Bills, Sugar Camp Elementary
  • Lexi Beran, Central Intermediate
  • Sylviann Berklund, Arbor Vitae-Woodruff
  • Will Kimball, Arbor Vitae-Woodruff
  • Owen Lade, Arbor Vitae-Woodruff
  • Nahla Sloan, Arbor Vitae-Woodruff
  • Everett Smith, Arbor Vitae-Woodruff
  • Cameron Gee, Arbor Vitae-Woodruff
  • Brooks Lenz, Arbor Vitae-Woodruff
  • Lily Kanzelberger, Arbor Vitae-Woodruff

5th Grade Honorable Mention

  • Nolan Milham, Wabeno Elementary
  • Bailey Van Eperan, Wabeno Elementary
  • Alivia Harris, Wabeno Elementary
  • Elyse Karwoski, Entral Intermediate
  • Colton Zettler, Central Intermediate
  • Abigail Enchautegui, Wabeno Elementary
  • Destiny Dudek, Wabeno Elementary
  • Taylor Hitter, Hurley School
  • Eva Heck, Nativity of our Lord
  • Colin Kitzman, Nativity of our Lord
  • Valena Smith, Solon Springs School
  • Lillian Garland, Solon Springs School
  • Kendall Nelson, Solon Springs School
  • Kiya Mckercher, Solon Springs School
  • Michael Schettino, Creative Minds-MHLT
  • Lily Kulpa, C L Robinson Elementary
  • Autumn Lane, C L Robinson Elementary
  • Lily Terry, C L Robinson Elementary
  • Hailey Burhop, Pleasant view Elementary

6th Grade Honorable Mention

  • Mckenna Coy, South Shore
  • Gracie Moore, Northwestern
  • Hannah Poloski, Northwestern
  • Ashley Pearson, Northwestern
  • Faith Simon, C L Robinson
  • Holly Gilligan, C L Robinson
  • Madison Thompson, C L Robinson
  • Meredith McCormack, Phelps School

7th and 8th Grade Honorable Mention

  • Iliana Winter, Phillips Middle School
  • Kacy Eggebrecht, Phillips Middle School
  • Ethyn Cairns, Phillips Middle School
  • Naomi Nyberg, Phillips Middle School
  • Onna Hermann, Shawano Middle School
  • Paige Lahti, South Shore School
  • Kendra Jackson, Webster School District
  • Kaylie Grasse, Phelps School
  • Kaiden Johnson, Phelps School
  • Nora Skorazewski, Drummond Middle School
  • Ella Pearson, Drummond Middle School
  • Sophia Fleming, Drummond Middle School
  • Madison Campbell, Drummond Middle School
  • Marianne Lear, Solon Springs School
  • Isabel Molina, Solon Springs School
  • Marcy Price, Solon Springs School
  • Brooke Andersen, Phelps School
  • Haylee Connor, James Williams Middle School
  • Madalynn Roeser James Williams Middle School

Picture2014 1st Place Winner,
Carleen Morien, Grade 6,
James Williams Middle School, Rhinelander

​The primary goal of this contest is to educate 4th – 8th grade students about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species that impact our Northwoods’ Counties. The contest encourages students to nurture their interest for the visual arts, science, and environmental conservation. 

PictureWinning posters from previous years.

​Currently, our poster contest covers 18 counties, representing a large part of Northern Wisconsin! (See map below). However, ANY public, private, parochial, or home schooled student in 4th – 8th grade, ANYWHERE IN WISCONSIN, is invited to submit a poster! If you are interested in entering this contest, talk to your teachers! ​



  • Students’ artwork must depict aquatic and/or terrestrial invasive species that are threatening Wisconsin’s lands and waters. ​
  • Artwork must be solely the original work of the student.
  • For judging purposes, students are encouraged to write their name on the back of the poster.
  • Completed entry form must be taped to the back of poster.
  • For  contest information please check out our 2020  Northwoods Invasive Species Poster Contest Page.


  • Winners will be chosen in four divisions: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, and Grades 7-8
  • Students in each division compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place divisional trophies, honorable mention ribbons, and best slogan ribbons.
  • Each 1st place winner’s class wins too! An Invasive Species Team member will visit the 1st place winner’s classroom to host an awards ceremony (a $30.00 value).
  • Each 1st place winner’s school will receive a field guide for its library.
  • Winning posters are featured in a calendar distributed to schools and public libraries.
  • Participating teachers will have a chance to win one of two $25.00 gift cards.  

CLASSROOM OUTREACH: Schedule an Invasive Species Educator to Visit Your Classroom:
Teachers, would you like help preparing your students for the Northwoods’ Invasive Species Poster Contest?  Oneida County AIS Coordinator, Stephanie Boismenue, would love to visit your classroom to introduce your students to the world of AIS, show them what goes wrong when a non-native species is introduced to a new environment, and what they, as students, can do to stop the spread of AIS.  She has plenty of hands-on preserved critters, teaching tools, and resources to engage your students in a fun, learning experience, and prepare them for the poster contest. To schedule a classroom visit, please contact Stephanie at sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us.  Stephanie will work with you to create an amazing program to fit your students needs. 

For classroom visits outside of Oneida County:
If you are a teacher outside of Oneida County and would like an invasive species educator to visit your classroom, please contact your local Land & Water Conservation Department listed  on this document: local_resources.pdf.   If your county is not listed, please contact Oneida County Conservationists Michele Sadauskas at msadauskas@co.oneida.wi.us, and she will be happy to assist you.

Do you need help choosing a topic? The Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Profile sheets (listed at the bottom of the page) represent some of the common invasive species found in Wisconsin.  These fact sheets will help you gain a better understanding of how invasive species can harm our woods, lakes, rivers, and wetlands and there are many from which to choose.

However, there are many more invasive species in Wisconsin and we encourage you to research them as well. Perhaps bringing awareness to a less commonly known or understood invasive will help keep it out of your area.

Not sure what your artwork should depict? Here are some ideas to that may help you….

  • Do you have a cool idea of how to prevent the introduction of invasive species, reduce their spread, or ways to get rid of them?
  • Can you think of a fun slogan or public service announcement explaining the risks of a particular invasive species?
  • How can invasive species decrease outdoor enthusiasts’ ability to enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, ATVing, boating, and other outdoor recreational activities?
  • What invasive species are in your community?
  • How do invasive species cause harm to their new environments, human health, or the economy?
  • How can invasive species impact you and your favorite outdoor activities?
  • Do you have a personal connection to and/or understanding of a specific invasive species, its habitat, behavior or conservation needs/issues?

The field guides below provides information on many terrestrial invasive species.

A Field Guide to Invasive Species 

An Oneida County Field Guide
Giant Hogweed, Wild Parsnip, Thistles

​Other resources:
​WI DNR’s Invasive Species website

Thank you to UW Extension Lakes and Golden Sands RC&D for the use of their AIS Quick Guides. Visit them at www.uwsp.edu/uwexlakes/clmn or www.goldensandsrcd.org/our-work/water


Our poster contest currently covers 18 counties.


Students in 4th – 8th grade, anywhere in Wisconsin, are invited to enter the 2019 Northwood’s Invasive Species Poster Contest.  Posters entries must be received by 4:00 p.m, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.​  For more information visit our 2019 NORTHWOODS’ INVASIVE SPECIES POSTER CONTEST Page.


Some of the many posters from previous years.