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In May, Jefferson County Farm Bureau hosted a first grade poster contest and a fifth grade essay contest for the students of Community Leadership Academy (based in Tallahassee).
For fifth graders, the essay contest required the students to compose a handwritten 100-word paper on the subject: “Why is Agriculture Important to America?”
Judging was based on the neatness, originality and composition of the essay, as well as on the subject matter itself.
The three winners of the essay contest received cash prizes between $20-$10.
For the first graders, the Jefferson County Farm Bureau hosted a poster contest, with the students being tasked at creating a personally designed poster depicting a farm.
The rules allowed students to creatively incorporate designs pertaining to crops, animals, equipment or barns.
All mediums were allowed.
Winners of the poster contest received cash prizes between $15-$5.
After the posters and essays had been created, written and presented to the local Farm Bureau branch, Jefferson County Farm Bureau agents sent the posters and essays to the Florida Farm Bureau Federation in Gainesville, Fla. for judging by the Public Relations staff at the Gainesville office.
Jack Winsor won first place in the essay contest, with Donald English winning second and Jacob Campbell winning third.
Levi Lovett won first place in the poster contest, with Micah Hayes winning second and Jefferson County resident Reese Edwards winning third.
Both the first grade and fifth grade participating classes were awarded for their creative designs and essay topics with a pizza party.
Jefferson County Farm Bureau's office staff members Sarah Fulford and Melissa Bass oversaw both contests.