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Essay, art contest winners named

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By Jeff Moore

The News-Democrat

Carroll County Conservation District honored 14 students and two teachers Thursday, March 3 for award-winning entries in the 2010 art and writing contest.
Students entered posters and essays on the theme, “Kentucky Soil: All Hands In.”
At its annual banquet at the Carroll County Extension Office, conservation chairman David Rowlett praised the students for their work for this year’s competition.
There were 610 poster entries and 12 essays, he said, noting that 375 of the posters came from Kathryn Winn Primary.
“In my 29 years, we have never had teachers in either the poster or essay contest come close to this achievement,” Rowlett said.
As part of the program, district conservationist Paul Veech talked about the importance of soil conservation. He cut an apple into pieces to show the small part of the earth that can be used to grow crops to feed 6 million people.
“We all must become cheerleaders for the next generation,” he said, noting that the world’s population continues to grow. This art and essay contest helps as students learn about “doing the right thing.”

2010 poster winners

Bethany Meder, a fifth-grader at Cartmell Elementary, won the district award and will compete in the next level of competition. She received $50 as district winner and first place as top school winner, plus $25 from Kentucky Farm Bureau.
Meder and all other winners also received a T-shirt and certificate of achievement.
The following were the other art contest winners:
Darrien Byrd, fifth-grader at Cartmell Elementary, second place top school winner, $20.
Cierra McDowell, fifth-grader at Cartmell, third place top school winner, $15.
Sophie Fremin, first-grader at Kathryn Winn Primary, first place top school winner, $25.
Maura Brock, second-grader at Kathryn Winn, second place top school winner, $20.
Dakota Asher, second-grader at Kathryn Winn, third place top school winner, $15.
Madeline Watts, fourth-grader at Christian Academy of Carrollton, first place top school winner, $25.
Jaydon Berry, fifth-grader at Christian Academy of Carrollton, second place top school winner, $20.
Ashton Stephenson, first-grader at Christian Academy of Carrollton, third place top school winner, $15.

2010 essay winners

Shelby Ackerman, a sixth-grader at Christian Academy of Carrollton, won the top prize in the district, receiving $50 for the district and top school honors. Kentucky Farm Bureau also presented her with a $25 check.
Ackerman and all essay contest winners received a T-shirt and certificate of achievement.
The following are the other essay contest winners:
Austin Martin, freshman at Christian Academy of Carrollton, second place top school winner, $20.
Jeremy Keller, sophmore at Carroll County High School, first place top school winner, $25.
Alisha Quire, sophomore at Carroll County High School, second place top school winner, $20.
Brandon Hicks, eighth-grader at Carroll County Middle School, third place top school winner, $15.

Teachers

Kathryn Winn Primary teachers Leigh Leadingham and Gail Beacraft received the conservation district’s top award for having the most participants in the contest.
Leadingham and Beacraft each received a T-shirt, certificate of appreciation and $25.00 to use for the classroom.
The awards banquet was sponsored by the conservation district and the Carrollton Rotary Club, which had nine members present for the event.