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April 13, 2011   Email to Friend 

STATE WINNERS CHOSEN FOR FARM-CITY POSTER, ESSAY CONTESTS
Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
April 13, 2011

Winners in the Farm-City Poster and Essay Contest accept their awards. From left are, back row; Grace Smith with Alabama Farmers Cooperative, which sponsors the cash prizes for the winners, McCall Barnett of Marion County, Sarah Swain of Calhoun County, Key'ousha Foster of Pike County and Victoria Booker of St. Clair County, front row; Brodie Lane Johnson of Lawrence County, Sara Buchanan of Etowah County and Ivy Kate Helms of Pike County. Not pictured was Kimberly Medukas of Marshall County.
Birmingham, Ala. ---- Young artists and writers from around the state were honored April 11 for their entries in the poster and essay contests during the Alabama Farm-City Awards Luncheon in Birmingham.

This year's theme for both contests, "Agriculture: A Growing Story," supports the National Farm-City Council's new strategy of addressing one potentially divisive issue each year. The National Farm-City Council chose this theme to coincide with its focus on media myths about agriculture. The contests received a strong response from students, with 133 total entries at the state level. Students qualified for the state awards by winning first place in their counties. 


In the poster contest, Sara Buchanan of Etowah County took first place in the Kindergarten-Third Grade Division, while Ivey Kate Helms of Pike County took first place in the Fourth-Sixth Grade Division. Second place in the Kindergarten-Third Grade Division went to Brodie Lane Johnson of Lawrence County, and Kimberly Medukas of Marshall County placed second in the Fourth-Sixth Grade Division. First-place winners in the poster contest each received $200, second-place winners each received $100, and each winner's school received matching contributions.

Taking top honors in the essay contest were Key'ousha Foster of Pike County in the Seventh-Ninth Grade Division and McCall Barnett of Marion County in the 10th-12th Grade Division. Meanwhile, Victoria Booker of St. Clair County took second place in the Seventh-Ninth Grade Division, and Sarah Swain of Calhoun County took second place in the 10th-12th Grade Division. First-place winners in the essay contest each received $300, with second-place winners each receiving $200. Each winner's school received matching contributions.

The winning posters will be featured in the 2012 Alabama Farm-City calendar along with the artwork of 10 other students, who received honorable mention. Those students were: Makayla Delvecchio, Houston County; Grant Massey, Washington County; Chandan Makwana, Cullman County; Kole Varner, Covington County; Jacob Daughtrey, Chambers County; Logan Shelton, Randolph County; Breannah Kent, Cherokee County; Tristan Connell, Cullman County; Addison Parrish, Clarke County; and Kristopher Cooper, Pickens County.

The Farm-City Committee of Alabama sponsors the annual awards program in cooperation with Alabama Farmers Cooperative and Alabama Ag in the Classroom. As a way to help bridge the gap between rural and urban residents, Farm-City Week is observed nationally each year the week before Thanksgiving.

Click here to view the winning posters.

Click here to read the winning essays.


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