Augusta student wins The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture contest
TOPEKA, Kan. - March 18, 2014 - Savanna Nichols, a fifth-grade student at Ewalt Elementary, was awarded the overall grand prize in all divisions of the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) and the Kansas State University College of Agriculture Bookmark Art Contest.
KFAC and the College of Agriculture recently invited eight elementary students representing grades kindergarten through sixth to the Bookmark Art and Teacher of the Year celebration on March 12 in Topeka. Assistant Kansas Secretary of Agriculture, Jake Worcester, and Associate Dean for Academic Programs for the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University, Don Boggs, recognized the students. They also had a photo opportunity with Kansas Governor, Sam Brownback. Nichols was awarded a certificate and received $100 and a framed copy of her artwork.
"We hope the change to bookmarks will encourage students to read more and understand literacy concepts," said Cathy Musick, KFAC executive director. "The students showed understanding of the theme "Plants on the Plate" and their creativity is wonderful. We hope this fun contest will garner future agriculture advocates by showing them how much impact agriculture has on their daily lives."
More than 900 students from across the state entered this year's contest by designing a bookmark around the theme "Plants on the Plate". Artwork was judged on relevance to the theme, creativity, originality, use of color, use of space, and clarity of idea and image.
The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom has been hosting the contest since 1999. The winning entries from 2014 and previous years' postcard art winners can be viewed on the Foundation's website at www.ksagclassroom.org, under the "Students" tab. Packets of winning postcards are available for a $10 donation to the foundation. The order form is available online.
The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that provides educational resources for Kansas teachers to help students connect Kansas agriculture to their own lives while meeting curriculum goals.