GFB News Magazine

Cook & Pierce County students win GFB Art Contests

Posted on August 15, 2023 12:00 AM


Ag in the Classroom Update


By Lauren Goble, Georgia Farm Bureau

Agriculture makes a great subject for art, which the winners of the 2023 Georgia Farm Bureau Middle School and High School Ag in the Classroom Art Contests prove. 

Roseanna E. Bennett of Pierce County sketched the drawing of a beef cow with her newborn calf and pine trees and row crops that won first-place in the high school art contest. Olivia Durden of Dodge County was named the state runner-up for her drawing of a girl holding a chicken. 

Bennett won $250 as the state high school art contest winner and $100 as the GFB 10th District winner. Durden won $150 for being the runner-up and $100 for being the GFB 6th District winner.

Payton Furman of Cook County won state honors in the middle school bookmark contest for colorfully depicting the variety of Georgia agriculture. Furman received $150 for winning the state middle school bookmark contest and $100 as the GFB 10th District winner. 

Visit to see all of the district winners’ artwork for the 2023 GFB High School Art Contest. Visit to see all of the district winners’ creations in the 2023 GFB Middle School Bookmark Contest,

This marks the 29th year GFB has held its annual art contest for ninth through twelfth-grade students. This is the second year GFB coordinated a contest for sixth through eighth graders to design a bookmark.

“Georgia Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom Art Contests encourage students to explore agriculture and then create a piece of art inspired by what they learned,” said GFB President Tom McCall. “Students who might not otherwise think about agriculture learn about the variety of crops and livestock Georgia farmers raise as they create their drawings.”

GFB received entries for its high school art contest from 62 county Farm Bureaus and entries from 75 county Farm Bureaus for its middle school art contest. GFB district winners for each contest were picked from all county entries submitted from each district.

GFB posted the district winners’ artwork for each contest on its Facebook page to allow Georgia’s ag community to select the state winners of each contest. 

Contestants in the high school contest were instructed to create a black, white and gray drawing using graphite, charcoal, pastel, chalk, colored pencil, ballpoint pen or mixed media appropriate for printing. Drawings were judged on how well the artwork represents agriculture in the student’s county or Georgia and for artistic merit. 

The middle school contestants were given a blank bookmark and asked to create a design illustrating Georgia agriculture. 

Payton Furman of Cook County won the GFB Middle School Bookmark Contest state prize with this artwork.


GFB Middle School Bookmark Contest district winners:

GFB 1st Dist.              Violet Paul                              Cherokee Co.

GFB 2nd Dist.             Brylie Justice                          Rabun Co.

GFB 3rd Dist.             Gomez Praneo                        Douglas Co.    

GFB 4th Dist.             Sarah Kate Gardner                Barrow Co.      

GFB 5th Dist.             Anna Leigh Coker                  Upson Co.    

GFB 6th Dist.             Addison Bowles                     Laurens Co.    

GFB 7th Dist.             Ever Downs                           Tattnall Co.                  

GFB 8th Dist.             Maryanna Chitty                     Clay Co.           

GFB 9th Dist.             Phoenix Adams                       Decatur Co.                 

GFB 10th Dist.           Payton Furman                       Cook Co.               State Winner (above)


Roseanna Bennett of Pierce County won the GFB High School Art Contest state prize with this artwork.


GFB High School Art Contest District winners: 

GFB 1st Dist.              Lincoln Miller             Gordon Co. 

GFB 2nd Dist.             Darby Earl                 Habersham Co.

GFB 3rd Dist.             Valeria Francia           North Fulton Co.                     

GFB 4th Dist.             Amanda Li                 Wilkes Co.

GFB 5th Dist.             Emily Adams              Monroe Co.

GFB 6th Dist.             Olivia Durden            Dodge Co. State runner-up

GFB 7th Dist.            Layla Abbgy               Long Co. 

GFB 8th Dist.             Kyliee Brown             Wilcox Co.

GFB 9th Dist.             Alex Hatcher               Decatur Co.

GFB 10th Dist.           Roseanna E. Bennett   Pierce Co.       State Winner (above)

Georgia Farm Bureau Educational Programs Coordinator Lauren Goble may be reached at or 478-474-0679, ext. 5135. Contact your county Farm Bureau if you’d like to volunteer with its Ag in the Classroom program.