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Commissioner Quarles announces winners of KDA Poster and Essay Contest / 3 Tri-County Students honored

Bill Stephens

June 28th, 2021

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Theme of ‘Kentucky Agriculture Never Stops’ honors farm families during COVID-19 pandemic
Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles announced the winners of the KDA Poster and Essay Contest at an awards ceremony last week at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Winners of the 2020 and 2021 contest were in attendance.To view more photos from the event click here. (Kentucky Department of Agriculture photo).
FRANKFORT (June 28, 2021) – Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles announced the winners of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Poster and Essay Contest during an awards ceremony last week at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The theme of the contest, “Kentucky Agriculture Never Stops,” honored farm families during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Congratulations to each of these winners who so vividly depicted in art and writing how our farmers all across the state are dedicated to grow the safest, most abundant food supply in the world. That is especially true as we continue to recover from the worldwide health crisis,” Commissioner Quarles said. “These poster and essay submissions are a true reminder and honor of the hard work and dedication our farm families put in during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The KDA received 507 entries, including 388 posters. Each winning entry will receive a $100 award from Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, and will be displayed at the 2021 Kentucky State Fair in August in Louisville.

The digital winner, which includes photos or original digital artwork, is fifth-grader Isabella Young of John Paul II Catholic School in Morganfield, Kentucky. Her teacher is Emily Girten.

Poster winners with their schools and teachers are:

Kindergarten: Val Royalty, home school, Dana Royalty
First grade: Ashleigh McDonald, Waco Elementary, Sarah Sears
Second grade: Lexi Decker, North Butler Elementary, Stacie Gleichauf
Third grade: Sawyer Decker, North Butler Elementary, Stephanie Parrish
Fourth grade: Greta Gibson, Highlands Latin School, Janice Murdoch
Fifth grade: Jason McDonald, Waco Elementary, Nicole Jeck
Sixth grade: Blakely Callahan, South Laurel Middle School, Heather Ponder
Seventh grade: Rylee Crist, West Hardin Middle School, Leslie Meredith
Eighth grade: Jesse McClain, North Washington Elementary, Lolita Blanton
Ninth grade: Gabrielle Kriedler, Randall K. Cooper High School, Kearsten Connelly
10th grade: Laura Gibson, Highlands Latin School, Janice Murdoch
11th grade: Graci Leach, Butler County High School, Catron Burdette
12th grade: Makenna Lanham, Randall K. Cooper High School, Cameron White

Essay winners with their schools and teachers are:

First grade: Madeleine Sarver, Alvaton Elementary, Carolyn Gifford
Second grade: Remmi Prince, Southern Elementary, Maxie Kordes
Third grade: Ellie Bailey, Caldwell County Elementary, Taylor Farless
Fourth grade: Annalee Wood, Spencer County Elementary, Darla Browning
Fifth grade: Emerson Daniels, Mercer County Intermediate, Monnie Berger
Sixth grade: Brindalyn Fawbush, North Laurel Middle School, Robin Hacker
Seventh grade: Cyrus Bivens, LaRue County Middle School, Laura Reed
Eighth grade: Abby George, St. Joseph School, Kara Lewis
Ninth grade: Kaelin Cook, Spencer County High School, Darilyn Hamilton
10th grade: Maggie White, Webster County High School, Christina Ramage
11th grade: Jaxen Miller, Webster County High School, Christina Ramage

12th grade: Annabel Wilmurth
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