The Bill Horine Family and Story County Conservation are pleased to announce winners of the first Bill Horine Outdoor Writing Contest for Youth, awarding $450 in prizes. Seventeen entries were received from Story County high school youth, who shared original writings about their outdoor experiences. The writing contest honors Horine’s legacy and his quest to inspire youth to learn about the outdoors and share their experiences and knowledge with others.


• Madeline Taylor, Ames High School, first place, $250, for “North Dakota Buffalo ”


• Eliana Hornbuckle, Nevada High School, second place, $150, for “The World Through My Lens”


• Jarett Miller, Ballard High School, third place, $50, for “A Morning to Remember”


• Katelyn Moore, Ames High School, honorable mention, for “A Moment of Peace”


• Nick Stole, Roland-Story High School, honorable mention, for “A Day in Nature”


Students were presented their certificates and cash prizes May 8 at the Story County Conservation board meeting by Ruth Book, daughter of Bill Horine. The winning entries are posted on the Facebook page at “Remembering W. E. ‘Bill’ Horine.” A special thanks goes to teachers and parents for supporting and encouraging students to write about the outdoors.


All of the students who submitted entries are to be congratulated for sharing their outdoor experiences and insights. It is hoped these and other young people will to continue to hone their writing skills, and to use the written word to inspire others to appreciate the outdoors in ways that benefit everyone. Horine was a self-taught journalist who learned how to communicate effectively through observation, extensive reading, knowing his audience and telling the story from first-hand experience. Like Bill Horine, they, too, may become avid outdoor writers and journalists, or apply their writing talents in other environmental-related careers. His passion was to bring people outdoors and raise their consciousness about how to care for and enjoy our natural resources.