News Down To Earth Theme Inspires Student Creativity

Down To Earth Theme Inspires Student Creativity

Down To Earth Theme Inspires Student Creativity
April 11, 2022 |

Farmers’ work in sustaining the environment, economy and their businesses provided inspiration for winners in the Alabama Farm-City Committee’s poster, essay and video contests.

Students from 15 counties were recognized at the Farm-City Awards Program and Luncheon April 7 in Birmingham for creative projects featuring the theme “Down to Earth: Agriculture Sustains Alabama.”

Alabama Farm-City Committee Chairman Jeff Helms said the contests set the stage for a year-long educational campaign developed by a host of agricultural organizations, including the Alabama Farmers Federation.

“Down to Earth provides a platform to begin a conversation about conservation,” Helms said. “It’s a theme directing our attention to the ways farmers sustain Alabama agriculture and forestry. Down to Earth not only focuses attention on the soil as the foundation for the industry, but it also describes the character, work ethic and stewardship of those whose lives and livelihoods are intrinsically linked to the land.”

Contest winners received medals and cash awards from Alabama Farmers Cooperative (AFC). The co-op also provided matching cash awards for the schools of first- and second-place entries. The winners’ work was showcased at the awards luncheon, and the top 12 posters will be featured in the 2023 Alabama Farm-City calendar.

Poster Contest, Kindergarten-Third Grade

First place and $200 — Hannah Pruett, Ashville Elementary School, St. Clair County

Second place and $100 — Caroline Nottingham, Lakewood Elementary School, Lee County

Third place and $75 — Ella Sellers, Bagley Elementary School, Jefferson County

Fourth place and $60 — Maggie Phillips, Good Hope Elementary School, Cullman County

Fifth place and $40 — Tristen McKinley, Horseshoe Bend School, Tallapoosa County

Sixth place and $25 — Kree Perry, Attalla Elementary School, Etowah County

Poster Contest, Fourth-Sixth Grade

First place and $200 — Greer Jones, Ariton Elementary School, Dale County

Second place and $100 — Olive Henninger, Baldwin Arts & Academics, Montgomery County

Third place and $75 — Isaac Rodrigo Padilla Guerrero, Hamilton Middle School, Marion County

Fourth place and $60 — Marriah Hain, Cullman Christian School, Cullman County

Fifth place and $40 — Valeria Enrinas, Lakewood Elementary School, Russell County

Sixth place and $25 — Heidi Madden, Phil Campbell Elementary School, Franklin County

Essay Contest, Seventh-Ninth Grade

First place and $300 — Addie Wamstead, Floyd Middle School, Montgomery County

Second place and $200 — Witt Bell, Evangel Christian School, Shelby County

Essay Contest, 10th-12th Grade

First place and $300 — Leanna Burkhalter, Fayette County High School, Fayette County

Second place and $200 — Audrey Teaster, Hooper Academy, Montgomery County

Video Contest, Ninth-12th Grade

First place and $300 — Morgan Bolin, Wicksburg High School, Houston County

Second place and $200 — Christian Burks, The Well Academy, Marshall County

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