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Bookmark Art Contest winners announced

MANHATTAN, Kansas- The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) is announcing the winners of the 2015 Bookmark Art contest. Winning artists will be honored on March 9, 2015 during the Bookmark Art and Teacher of the Year celebration to be held at the Landon State Office Building in Topeka.

This year’s theme was “Colors of Agriculture,” giving students the opportunity to truly use a blank canvas to convey their ideas of agriculture in a bookmark format. Lesson plans were available to teachers to aid in teaching students more about agriculture in order to spark ideas for their artwork.

More than 500 students from 16 counties entered the contest, ranging from kindergarteners to sixth graders. A local art teacher evaluated the entries and chose winners based on theme relevance, creativity, originality, use of color and space, and clarity of idea and image. One first-place winner from each grade level was chosen, along with an overall grand-prize winner. Cash prizes are being awarded; $50 to each grade winner, and $100 to the grand-prize winner.

Winners will have the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishment with Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey, who will present them with their award certificates and prizes. A photo opportunity with Governor Sam Brownback is also on the agenda.

This year’s winners are listed with their hometowns:

• Grand prize (fourth grade): Caroline Miller, Partridge Grade School, Arlington
• Kindergarten: Ayden Velasquez, Tescott Grade School, Culver
• First grade: Grace Middleton, Minneapolis Grade School, Minneapolis
• Second grade: Benjamin Close, Newton Bible Christian School, Newton
• Third grade: Bethany DeDonder, Reading Elementary, Admire
• Fourth grade: Jenna Valentine, Bluestem Elementary, Leon
• Fifth grade: Heidi Middleton, Minneapolis Grade School, Minneapolis
• Sixth grade: Savanna Nichols, Augusta Middle School, Augusta

The KFAC art contest has been a staple in the program since 1999. Sponsored by the K-State College of Agriculture, the art contest allows Kansas youth from all backgrounds to creatively portray their view of agriculture. The contest has evolved from bumper stickers to post cards and now bookmarks. Winners from previous years can be found on the foundation’s website at www.ksagclassroom.org and clicking on “Students” and “Bookmark Art Contest.”

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