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April 12, 2010   Email to Friend 

Melissa Martin
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April 12, 2010

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.

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.

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.

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