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GFB Art & Essay Contest winners creatively explore Georgia ag

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) is proud to announce the district and state winners of its annual art and essay contests. Taylor Baxley of Cobb County won the annual GFB High School Art Contest while Sara Cate Fennell of Emanuel County won the GFB Middle School Essay Contest.

“The Georgia Farm Bureau High School Art and Middle School Essay Contests are designed to help students increase their awareness of Georgia agriculture as they design artwork or as they work on their writing and research skills,” said GFB Women’s Leadership Committee Chairman Carol McQueen. “The state and district winners in both contests are to be commended because we had many talented artists and skilled writers submit entries this year.”

Baxley, a senior at Kennesaw Mountain High School, won $250 as the state winner of the art contest and $100 as the GFB 3rd District winner.

Open to any high school student, the art contest attracted 54 entries statewide. The drawings were judged on artistic merit and how well the artwork represented agriculture in their county or Georgia.

Manuel Rodriguez of Elbert County, GFB 2nd District, and Hayoung Lee of Barrow County, GFB 4th District, were the state runners-up in the GFB art contest. Rodriguez and Lee each won $150 as the state runners-up and $100 for being district winners.

Other district winners in the art contest were: Franky Carroll, Cherokee County, GFB 1st District; Jaylee Quick, Upson County, GFB 5th District; Eve Pike, Laurens County, GFB 6th District; Logan Harvey, Toombs County, GFB 7th District; Landon Ledford, Wilcox County, GFB 8th District; Gerald Corker, Grady County, GFB 9th District; and Emily Pridgen, Coffee County, GFB 10th District. Each district art contest winner received $100.

Visit to view the winning drawings. The winning artwork from each district will be featured in GFB’s 2019 Ag in the Classroom calendar along with two other contest entries selected by the judges.

“What are the benefits of school gardens?” was the topic the 56 middle schoolers who entered the essay contest addressed in their essays. Participating students were instructed to explore how school gardens teach about the fruits and vegetables Georgia farmers grow. Students were encouraged to write about their personal experience with a school garden, how they would like to expand their school’s existing school garden or why they hope their school starts a garden.

In addition to Fennell from the GFB 7th District, other district winners in the essay contest were: Gracie Frazier, Catoosa County, GFB 1st District; Troy Loggins, Banks County, GFB 2nd District; Allison Young, Paulding County, GFB 3rd District; Rylee Foster, McDuffie County, GFB 4th District; Bailey Reeves, Pike County, GFB 5th District; Noel Wiggins, Johnson County, GFB 6th District; Syruis Zhang, Sumter County, GFB 8th District; Grant Johnson, Dougherty County, GFB 9th District; and London O’Steen, Coffee County, GFB 10th District.

 Essays were judged on clarity of thought and writing skill. To read the state and district winning essays visit .

Visit for more information about GFB’s Ag in the Classroom program.