Eighteen outstanding students were honored for channeling “200 Years of Alabama Agriculture” into posters, essays and videos during the Alabama Farm-City Awards Luncheon April 4 in Birmingham.
The theme connected kindergarten-12th graders with Alabama’s farming heritage during the state’s bicentennial year, said Alabama Farm-City Committee Chairman Jeff Helms.
“From settlers who cleared land by hand to modern farmers using high-tech equipment, agriculture is intricately woven into Alabama’s past, present and future,” Helms said. “The judges were impressed by the level of skill and creativity our winners displayed in their submissions. We applaud these students and are thankful they took time to explore agriculture’s importance and its effects on their daily lives.”
The Alabama Farmers Cooperative (AFC) sponsored prize money for students and matching cash awards for the schools of first- and second-place winners. AFC serves farmers, gardeners and homeowners with about 80 Quality Co-op stores in Alabama, Florida and Tennessee.
Essay contest, seventh-ninth grades:
First place and $300 — Hallie Rose Cunningham, seventh grade, Vernon Intermediate in Lamar County
Second place and $200 — Lily Suggs, eighth grade, Double Springs Middle School in Winston County
Essay contest, 10th-12th grades:
First place and $300 — Abigail Taylor, sophomore, Headland High School in Henry County
Second place and $200 — Jackson Curtis, senior, Glenwood School in Russell County
First place and $300 — Abraham Humphrey, senior, Brilliant High School in Marion County
Second place and $200 — Rio Murray, sophomore, Munford High School in Calhoun County
Poster contest, kindergarten-third grades:
First place and $200 — Asa Thompson, third grade, Pike Liberal Arts School in Pike County
Second place and $100 — Dalton Robert Carter, third grade, Caldwell Elementary School in Jackson County
Poster contest, fourth-sixth grades:
First place and $200 — Kaitlin Tuck, sixth grade, Trinitas Classical Academy in Lauderdale Academy
Second place and $100 — Will Thornton, fifth grade, Heard Magnet School in Houston County
Eight students received an honorable mention and $50 from AFC through the poster contest. The 2020 Alabama Farm-City Calendar will feature poster contest winners and honorees. They are:
Mary Beth Pittman of New Brockton Elementary in Coffee County
Samantha Tetreault of Williams Intermediate School in St. Clair County
Lyric Antone of West Point Elementary in Cullman County
Haley Johnigan of Guin Elementary in Marion County
Ali Smith of Ariton Elementary School in Dale County
Sparrow Shehan of Jackson Academy in Clarke County
Karter Beach of Southside Elementary School in Etowah County
Shelbi Bowen of Marengo Academy in Marengo County
See photos from the Farm City Awards Program here.