A local student from William Derby School was announced as the winner for the grade 5/6 division with the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) poster contest.

Rylee Cherepuschak, age 12, from Strasburg won a contest where they had to design a poster for the SAW. The poster that Cherepuschak made featured lots of different hand-drawn and coloured things. When asked what the poster featured Cherepuschak said, "All sorts of animals and plants."

“The theme of the 2022 poster contest was wetlands and wildlife,” explains David Sloan, chair of the Wascana & Upper Qu’Appelle Watersheds Association Taking Responsibility (WUQWATR) board of directors.

The poster also had information including how to keep the wetland areas safe and healthy.

a poster about wetland conservation

Cherepuschak's poster advanced to the provincial round of on-line voting after she was judged to be the top entrant within WUQWATR.

There were many prizes for Cherepuschak including a pizza party for the entire class.

"It was delicious. I felt really famous in my class. Everyone was cheering for me, and they were all happy for me, and because they wanted the pizza, but also they were happy for me," exclaimed Cherepuschak.

Along with the pizza party Cherepuschak received a cheque for $500.00 which she plans to save half of.

WUQWATR is a grassroots organization that focuses on source water protection in the Wascana and Upper Qu’Appelle watersheds which extend from Regina to Humboldt and Central Butte to Tyvan.