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​National Agriculture Week Contest Winners Named

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April 21, 2015 –
As part of National Agriculture Week, which was celebrated March 15 to March 21, the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Agriculture held a series of contests for students. The essay contest, poster contest, and coloring contest shared a theme: “Agriculture in my county and state: What does agriculture do for me?”

More than 1,000 students from across the state participated, and a total of 12 winners have been selected.

“Through their essays and artwork, these students captured the rich history and vital importance of agriculture in our state,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “It’s great to see students having fun while celebrating Georgia agriculture.”  

The winners are (click on name to view entry):

Essay Contest

First Place: Angel BeltranSouth Central Middle School – Bartow County

Second Place: Peyton Knight – Tattnall County Middle School – Tattnall County

Third Place: Jade Coit – Thomson McDuffie Middle School – McDuffie County

Poster Contest

First Place: Carter Swann – Thomson McDuffie Middle School – McDuffie County

Second Place: Marquis Whitacre – Dooly County High School – Dooly County

Third Place: Kayla Luciano – STEM Academy @ Bartlett – Savannah-Chatham County

Coloring Contest

Kindergarten: Andrew Luick – Murdock Elementary School – Cobb County

1st Grade: Trinity Holtz – Futral Elementary School – Spalding County

2nd Grade: Erica Ramirez – Reidsville Elementary School – Tattnall County

3rd Grade: Megan Adkins – Appling County Elementary School – Appling County

4th Grade: Willow Waldrep – Katherine B. Sutton Elementary School – Monroe County

5th Grade: Jaelynn Carrington – White Bluff Elementary School – Savannah-Chatham County​