A fifth grader from Augusta is the grand prize winner in this year's Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom's bookmark art contest.
Savanna Nichols, along with other student artists, will be recognized on March 12 during the Bookmark Art and Teacher of the Year celebration, which will be held at the Kansas Department of Agriculture in Topeka.
Previously the postcard art contest, the contest took a different approach this year.
"We switched to bookmarks this year to encourage students to read and think more about language arts," said Cathy Musick, executive director of KFAC. "Our goal is to create awareness about Kansas agriculture and the students who competed showed their knowledge of the theme. The artwork is beautiful and we congratulate all students who participated and showed their support of Kansas agriculture."
Plants on the Plate
Teachers could download several lesson plans from KFAC's website to help teach the theme, "Plants on the Plate," including a unit from KFAC's recently updated "Exploring Plants: Kansas Crops Educator's Guide" and several lesson plans with accompanying YouTube videos.
More than 900 kindergarten through sixth grade students from 17 counties across the state entered this year's contest by designing a bookmark around the theme. Artwork was judged on relevance to the theme, creativity, originality, use of color, use of space, and clarity of idea and image. A first-place prize winner was selected from each grade level along with one grand prize winner. Each first-place recipient will receive $50 in cash and the grand-prize winner will receive $100.
The winners will have the opportunity to meet Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey, who will present them with their award certificates and prizes. The winners will receive framed copies of their artwork as well as packets of bookmarks they can share with their families and friends.
Winners in addition to Savanna are: Kindergarten, Nicole Judd, Troy; First grade, Von Woleslagel, Hutchinson; Second grade, Emily Kasselman, Scott City; Third grade, Caroline Miller, Partridge; Fourth grade, Heidi Middleton, Minneapolis; Fifth grade, Karl Woleslagel, Hutchinson; and Sixth grade, Kailer Barnthson, Troy.
The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom has been hosting the contest since 1999. The Kansas State University College of Agriculture is a financial partner for this project, providing funding for the prizes as well as the celebration. The winning entries from 2014 and previous years can be viewed on the foundation's website. Click on "Students" and "Bookmark Art Contest."