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GFB announces winners of Ag in the Classroom Art Contests

by Georgia Farm Bureau

Posted on May 18, 2022 at 0:00 AM

Agriculture makes a great subject for art, which the entries for the 2022 Georgia Farm Bureau Middle School and High School Ag in the Classroom Art Contests prove.

Congratulations to Zihan Zhao of Gwinnett County for sketching the first-place winning drawing of a family with dairy calves in the high school art contest. Lincoln Miller of Gordon County was named the state runner-up for his mountain farm scene of a hay barn and chickens.

Jaden Addison of Grady County won state honors in the middle school bookmark contest for colorfully depicting the variety of Georgia agriculture.

This marks the 28th year GFB has held its annual art contest for ninth through twelfth-grade students.  This is the first year GFB has coordinated a contest for sixth through eighth-graders to design a bookmark.

“Georgia Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom Art Contests encourage students to explore agriculture and then create a piece of art inspired by what they learned,” said GFB President Tom McCall. “Students who might not otherwise think about agriculture learn about the variety of crops and livestock Georgia farmers raise as they create their drawings.”

The GFB High School Art Contest had entries submitted by 61 county Farm Bureaus. The GFB Middle School Art Contest received entries from 68 county Farm Bureaus. GFB district winners for each contest were picked from all entries submitted by counties in each district.

Georgia Farm Bureau posted the district winners’ artwork for each contest on its Facebook page

the first week of May to allow Georgia’s agriculture community to select the state winners of each contest. For the high school contest, the drawing with the second most votes was named runner-up.

Zhao won $250 as the state high school art contest winner and $100 as the GFB 3rd District winner. Miller won $150 for being the runner-up and $100 for being the GFB 1st District winner.

Other district winners in the high school contest were: Arianna Ramirez, Habersham County, GFB  2nd Dist.; Mary Claire McCommons, Greene County, GFB 4th Dist.; Jazmin Muniz, Harris County, GFB 5th Dist.; Olivia Durden, Dodge County, GFB 6th Dist.; Savana Lair, Evans Co., GFB 7th Dist.; Rosa Vasquez, Wilcox County, GFB 8th Dist.; Addison Weiss, Thomas County, GFB 9th Dist.; and Emma Giddens, Berrien County, GFB 10th Dist. Visit to see the state and district winners’ art for the high school contest.

Addison received $150 for winning the state middle school bookmark contest and $100 as the GFB 9th District winner.

Other district winners in the middle school contest were: Kimberly Torres-Perez, Whitfield County, GFB 1st Dist.; Emily Mavis, Hall County, GFB  2nd Dist.; Alexandra Dimitrova, Paulding County, GFB 3rd Dist.; Maya Funderburk, Oglethorpe County, GFB 4th Dist.; Eli Fry, Upson County, GFB 5th Dist.; Gage Holloway, Laurens County, GFB 6th Dist.; Selena Sanders, Effingham Co., GFB 7th Dist.; Marquis Diaz, Turner County, GFB 8th Dist.; and Avery Adkins, Lowndes County, GFB 10th Dist. Visit to see the state and district winners’ for the middle school contest.

Contestants in the high school contest were instructed to create a black, white and gray drawing using graphite, charcoal, pastel, chalk, colored pencil, ballpoint pen or mixed media appropriate for printing. Drawings were judged on how well the artwork represents agriculture in the student’s county or Georgia and for artistic merit.

The middle school contestants were given a blank bookmark and asked to create a design illustrating Georgia agriculture.

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