Edmonson Voice Staff Report, photos ECCD:
Ashton Johnson, a student at South Edmonson Elementary, was named the Edmonson County winner in the Jim Claypool Conservation Art Contest. This contest was produced as a partnership between Kentucky Farm Bureau and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts, and themed: “Backyard Adventures Exploring the Trees in your Hometown.”
Students grades K-12 from across the Commonwealth used a 'backyard adventures' theme to create 44,152 art entries. Judges from the local conservation districts, along with county officials, and the UK Ag Extension office chose county winners, whose entries then moved on to the state level competition.
Ashton is in Mrs. Lisa Basil's fourth grade class and is the son of Adam and Mindy Johnson of Smiths Grove.
A distinguished panel of judges with diverse environmental backgrounds selected statewide winners in both writing and art categories on January 26, 2017. State, area, and county winners will receive a check sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau. First, second, and third place winners received a plaque, medallion, and certificate commemorating their win from Edmonson County Conservation District.
South Edmonson Elementary also received $100 from the Conservation District for the highest percentage of entries, to be used at their discretion. Other winners included Olivia Madison (2nd place) and Grace Arms (3rd place) both of SEES.
There were 270 entries from Edmonson County.