STATE WINNERS CHOSEN FOR FARM-CITY POSTER AND ESSAY CONTESTS
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- Several budding artists were honored Monday during the State Farm-City Awards Luncheon in Birmingham for their entries in the poster and essay contests. This year's theme for both contests was "Farmers Care: For Animals and You" and received a strong response, with 158 total entries to be judged at the state level. Students qualified for the state awards by winning first place in their county contests.
|The Alabama Farm-City Committee's essay contest winners show off their trophies during the annual awards luncheon Monday at Birmingham's Wynfrey Hotel. From left are: Jim Allen of Alabama Farmers Cooperative, which helped sponsor the event; Ali Stringfellow of Mobile County, first place in 10th-12th Grade Division; Chandler Mulvaney of Lee County, second place, 10th-12th Grade Division; Meredith McCool of Pickens County, second place, 7th-9th Grade Division; Joshua Bowman of Russell County, first place in the 7th-9th Grade Division; and Jeff Helms, director of public relations and communications for the Alabama Farmers Federation.|
In the poster contest, Samuel Sherling of Butler County took first place in the Kindergarten-Third Grade Division, and his older brother, William, took top honors in the Fourth-Sixth Grade Division. Second place in the Kindergarten-Third Grade Division went to Addy Stringfellow of Mobile County, while MaKenzey Lancaster of Pickens County placed second among fourth-through-sixth graders. First-place winners in the poster contest received $200, second-place winners received $100 each, and each winner's school received matching contributions.
Taking top honors in the essay contest were Joshua Bowman of Russell County in the Seventh-Ninth Grade Division and Ali Stringfellow of Mobile County for the 10th-12th Grade Division. Second place among seventh-to-ninth graders went to Meredith McCool of Pickens County, and Chandler Mulvaney of Lee County placed second in the10th-12th Grade Division. First-place winners in the essay contest received $300, second-place winners received $200 each, and each winner's school received matching contributions.
The Farm-City Committee of Alabama sponsors the annual awards program. Farm-City Week is observed nationally each year the week before Thanksgiving as a way to help bridge the gap between rural and urban residents.