Allison Ingram and Phoebe Wagoner named winners of 2013 Conservation Writing and Jim Claypool Art Contests

Posted on Mar 5, 2014
Louisville, KY (March 4, 2014) – Allison Ingram, a student at Green County High School, and Phoebe Wagoner, a student at Nicholas County Elementary School, were honored during a special awards presentation at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort for winning the 2013 Conservation Writing and Jim Claypool Art Contests. The competition, produced in partnership between Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts (KACD), was themed “Mission: H 2O” and had more than 66,000 total entries submitted.

Allison Ingram receives her award in the Conservation Writing Contest from (left to right) Energy and Environmental Cabinet Secretary Len Peters, Division of Conservation Director Kim Richardson and Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts Vice President David Rowlett. Photo credit: David Hargis

Ingram’s essay emerged as the state winner of the Conservation Writing Contest, besting more than 17,000 other entries from students in grades 6-12. Her first place victory was awarded with a $250 check from the contest’s sponsor, KFB. Second place and a $150 check went to Madison Kellione of Harrison County Middle School, and third place was presented to Jay Phillips of Harlan County High School with a $50 check.

Wagoner was named the state winner in the Jim Claypool Conservation Art Contest, creating a piece of art that stood out among its more than 49,000 competitors in grades 1-5. Her winning entry also won a $250 check from KFB. Second place and a $150 check went to Savannah Gumm of Campbellsville Middle School, and third place was presented to Ellie Copas of Tompkinsville Elementary School with a $50 check.

Phoebe Wagoner receives her award in the Jim Claypool Art Contest from (left to right) Energy and Environmental Cabinet Secretary Len Peters, Division of Conservation Director Kim Richardson and Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts Vice President David Rowlett. Photo credit: David Hargis

Judges from the local conservation districts 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 in mid-January. State, area and county winners each received a check from KFB.

The annual Conservation Writing and Jim Claypool Art Contests are produced through the cooperative efforts of the Kentucky Division of Conservation, Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts, Division of Water, Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Department of Education, and United States Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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