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Winners from Casey, Green in Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest

From John Mura/Robin Hartman

Frankfort, KY - The talent of Kentucky's students was on display this week as entries for the 2023 Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contests were judged and winners were announced. Locally, Carson Beeler from Casey County was among the winners in the Conservation Writing Contest, and Abbey Herald of Green County and Kimber Salyers of Casey County were among the winners in the Jim Claypool Art Contest.

The annual competitions include an art contest for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and a writing contest for students in grades six through 12.

The Kentucky Division of Conservation, in partnership with the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts and the Kentucky Farm Bureau, coordinates and provides resources for the contest. The 2023 theme, "Keeping it Wild! Sustaining Kentucky's Native Wildlife," helped students from across the state learn more about the importance of wildlife conservation in Kentucky. The students then use the knowledge they have gained about the environment and transform it into creative artwork and essays.

The Conservation Writing Contest, which was introduced in 1944, had over 12,000 entries from 73 counties in this year's contest. The state and area winners are below:
  • State 1st place - Emma Sanders, Hart County
  • State 2nd place - Varshitha Ramesh, Franklin County
  • State 3rd place - Jakub Gluszek, Oldham County
  • Area 1 - Kaylee Tharp, Calloway County
  • Area 2 - Jessica Lawless, Hopkins County
  • Area 3 - Adley Cunningham, Barren County
  • Area 4 - Gabrielle Fugate, Jefferson County
  • Area 5 - Andrew Morfitt, Kenton County
  • Area 6 - Adam Settles, Fayette County
  • Area 7 - Carson Beeler, Casey County
  • Area 8 - Anikaa Sharma, Pike County
  • Area 9 - Salena Amro, Harlan County
The Jim Claypool Art Contest, which was introduced in 1974, had almost 30,000 entries from 75 counties. The state and area winners are below:

  • 1st place - Gloria Lee, Jefferson County
  • 2nd place - Ella Sanders, Hart County
  • 3rd place - Isabella Chapman, McCracken County
  • Area 1 - Grace Munoz, Calloway County
  • Area 2 - Kaitlyn Green, Muhlenberg County
  • Area 3 - Abbey Herald, Green County
  • Area 4 - Laney Gardner, Oldham County
  • Area 5 - Kaius Terry, Carroll County
  • Area 6 - Avery Long, Boyle County
  • Area 7 - Kimber Salyers, Casey County
  • Area 8 - Jaxton Marshall, Johnson County
  • Area 9 - Benjamin Edwards, Harlan County
The students will be recognized by their local conservation district. Their entries can be viewed at:

This story was posted on 2024-01-31 09:46:52
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