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Marengo Academy student places second in poster contest

Published 2:45pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Birmingham — Alabama students were honored for their creativity and understanding of agriculture during Alabama Farm-City Awards on Thursday, April 11 in Birmingham.

Artists from Monroe and St. Clair counties took top honors in the Farm-City Poster Contest, while young writers from Winston and Mobile counties claimed first prize in the Essay Contest. A Russell County 11th-grader won the Alabama Farm-City Committee’s inaugural multimedia contest.

Charlie Vickers of Marengo Academy placed second in the fourth- through sixth-grade division in the Farm-City Poster Contest.

Charlie Vickers, a student at Marengo Academy, won second place in the fourth- through sixth-grade division of the Farm-City Poster Contest. Vickers and her school each received $100 from the Alabama Farmers Cooperative at the Farm-City Awards Luncheon April 11 in Birmingham. Her drawing will be included in the 2014 Farm-City calendar. Pictured, from left, are Jim Allen of the Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Vickers and Alabama Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms.
Charlie Vickers, a student at Marengo Academy, won second place in the fourth- through sixth-grade division of the Farm-City Poster Contest. Vickers and her school each received $100 from the Alabama Farmers Cooperative at the Farm-City Awards Luncheon April 11 in Birmingham. Her drawing will be included in the 2014 Farm-City calendar. Pictured, from left, are Jim Allen of the Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Vickers and Alabama Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms.

“These contests give students an opportunity to use their imagination and creativity while learning more about the interdependence of farmers and their urban neighbors,” said Alabama Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms. “This year’s contest theme was ‘Grown Safely. Extra Tasty’ and challenged school children to look beyond the headlines about food safety issues and explore what Alabama farmers are doing to produce healthy, delicious food.”

The winners and their schools received $300 for first place and $200 for second place.

The top Multimedia Contest entry was played during the awards banquet, and the winning essays were featured in the event program. The state’s top Farm-City posters will appear in the 2014 Alabama Farm-City calendar. About 30,000 calendars are sold each year.

The calendar also will feature posters of 10 additional students who received $50 and an honorable mention at the awards ceremony. They are: Christian Huett of Dale Christian School in Dale County, Bailey Burrell of Pearl Haskew Elementary in Mobile County, Harrison Stone of Munford Elementary in Talladega County, Grace Duncan of Southern Academy in Hale County, Carter Gay of East Elementary in Cullman County, Cambry Scott of Straughn Elementary in Covington County, Sloan White of Walnut Grove Elementary in Madison County, Tyler Heller of Spanish Fort Middle School in Baldwin County, Natalie Negron-Escalera of Pearl Haskew Elementary in Mobile and Makayla Delvecchio of Cottonwood School in Houston County.

Observed the week before Thanksgiving, Farm-City Week began in 1955 as a way to foster cooperation and understanding between farmers and their city neighbors.

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