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April 16, 2013

West wins farm-city essay contest


Alabama Farmers Cooperative

BIRMINGHAM — Alabama students were honored for their creativity and understanding of agriculture during Alabama Farm-City Awards today in Birmingham.

Artists from Monroe and St. Clair counties took top honors in the Farm-City Poster Contest, while young writers from Winston and Mobile counties claimed first prize in the Essay Contest. A Russell County 11th-grader won the Alabama Farm-City Committee’s inaugural multimedia contest.

“These contests give students an opportunity to use their imagination and creativity while learning more about the interdependence of farmers and their urban neighbors,” said Alabama Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms. “This year’s contest theme was ‘Grown Safely. Extra Tasty’ and challenged school children to look beyond the headlines about food safety issues and explore what Alabama farmers are doing to produce healthy, delicious food.”

Prizes for all three contests are sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Cooperative.

Kaelyn Thames of Monroe Academy in Monroe County won first place in the kindergarten through third-grade division of the Poster Contest, while Brooke Delvecchio of Cottonwood School in Houston County placed second. In the fourth- through sixth-grade division, Anna Grace Dasher of Ashville Middle School in St. Clair County took top honors, and Charlie Vickers of Marengo Academy in Marengo County placed second. First-place winners received $200 and second-place earned $100. Their schools received matching awards.

In the Essay Contest, Abby West of Double Springs Middle School in Winston County won first in the seventh- through ninth-grade division, and Ashleigh McCool of Pickens Academy in Pickens County placed second. Among 10th- through 12th-graders, Abbi Stringfellow of Alma Bryant High School in Mobile County won first, while Joel Kervin of Pike Liberal Arts School in Pike County placed second. First-place winners received $300, and second-place earned $200, as did their schools.

This year, the Alabama Farm-City Committee and Alabama Farmers Cooperative sponsored a new contest encouraging high school students to express their creativity through photos, music, narration, text and movies. First place in the Multimedia Contest went to Adrian Rodriguez of Central High School in Russell County. Samuel Wainwright of Carroll High School in Dale County won second. The winners and their schools received $300 for first place and $200 for second place.

The top Multimedia Contest entry was played during the awards banquet, and the winning essays were featured in the event program. The state’s top Farm-City posters will appear in the 2014 Alabama Farm-City calendar. About 30,000 calendars are sold each year. The calendar also will feature posters of 10 additional students who received $50 and an honorable mention at the awards ceremony. They are: Christian Huett of Dale Christian School in Dale County, Bailey Burrell of Pearl Haskew Elementary in Mobile County, Harrison Stone of Munford Elementary in Talladega County, Grace Duncan of Southern Academy in Hale County, Carter Gay of East Elementary in Cullman County, Cambry Scott of Straughn Elementary in Covington County, Sloan White of Walnut Grove Elementary in Madison County, Tyler Heller of Spanish Fort Middle School in Baldwin County, Natalie Negron-Escalera of Pearl Haskew Elementary in Mobile and Makayla Delvecchio of Cottonwood School in Houston County.

Observed the week before Thanksgiving, Farm-City Week began in 1955 as a way to foster cooperation and understanding between farmers and their city neighbors.