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WORKMAN WINS GFB ESSAY CONTEST DISCUSSING AG'S CONTRIBUTION TO HEALTHY DIET
MACON, Ga. - In recent years, Georgia Farm Bureau has worked through its Ag in the Classroom program to educate students about the nutritional benefits of the food Georgia farmers grow and how eating these foods can improve their health. The My Plate is Georgia Grown campaign taught students about the USDA’s daily dietary recommendations for the five major food groups and portion control.
Students participating in the 2014 GFB Middle School Essay Contest were asked to write on the topic “My Plate is Georgia Grown” to explore the importance of healthy eating, the economic value of Georgia agriculture and how consumers can eat healthy and support local farmers.
Morgan Workman of McDuffie County is the state winner of the contest, which had 62 entries and was open to students in sixth through eighth grades. Workman received a $100 cash prize for being the GFB 4th District winner and a $150 prize as the state winner.
Workman, the daughter of David and Pamela Workman, was an eighth-grade student at Thomson-McDuffie Middle School when she wrote her essay earlier this year. Essays were judged on clarity of thought and writing skill.
Contest winners were selected from each of the organization’s 10 districts. Other district winners were: Bret Buursema, Forsyth County, 1st District; Colby Martin, Franklin County, 2nd District; Vani Senthil, Gwinnett County, 3rd District; Briana G. Simmons, Crawford County, 5th District; Lane Barrows, Dodge County, 6th District; Jacob Myers, Evans County, 7th District; Marquetta Griffin, Wilcox County, 8th District; Montana McQuaig, Decatur County, 9th District; and Ashley Clement, Coffee County, 10th District. Each district winner received $100.
The GFB Women’s Leadership Committee coordinated the contest on the state level and county Women’s Committees promoted the contest locally.