by Barbara Johnson, Edmonson County Conservation District:
Maranda Garrett, a student at Edmonson County High School, was named the Edmonson County winner in the 2016 Conservation Writing 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 from grades K-12 from across the Commonwealth used the backyard adventures theme to create 15,260 Writing 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.
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 the Kentucky Farm Bureau.
Other winners include Edmonson County High School 1st place and County Winner Maranda Garrett, 2nd place Brianna Webb, 3rd place Mattalyn Cowles. Winners from Edmonson County Middle School are (1st) Evan Stice, (2nd) Meredith Hennion and (3rd) Lainey Alexander. There were 251 writing entries in Edmonson County.