Area students win state-wide contest

Pictures (L to R) are Katelynn Whinnery, Kendra Auch, Jazlyn Ottmar and Fernando Orozco with their award certificates. The four won a state-wide contest. (Courtesy Photo)

Four of the five winners in a state-wide essay contest about North Dakota crops and animals came from the Mott/Regent School located in Mott.

Katelynn Whinnery of won first place, Kendra Auch received second place, Jazlyn Ottmar got third place and Fernando Orozco received an honorable mention.  All are from the Mott/Regent area. Rebecca Qualls has been their teacher during this past year.  Cecilia Guerrero of Gackle also had an honorable mention entry.

Sponsored by the North Dakota Women Involved in Farm Economics, the contest gave fifth graders throughout the state the opportunity to write about “What do farmers grow?” Students were asked to write up to 100 words about any crop or animal grown in North Dakota. Katelynn wrote about sunflowers, Kendra selected honey, Jazlyn’s topic was goats and Fernando chose canola.   Other state entries included wheat, oats, buffalo, elk and many more plus some of the above topics.

Statewide essay contests with an agricultural theme have been promoted by Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) for many years. Today many students do not live on a farm or even have relatives they can visit on a farm.   “Often the students have no concept of what farmers do or grow so it is up to the teacher to foster an interest in some of the topics while the students do their own research and writing,” said contest coordinator Marlene Kouba of Regent who presented the awards to the students.

All of the students who participated in the contest received colorful and personalized certificates while the winners also received checks for their efforts.

WIFE is a grassroots nation-wide organization for anyone interested in agriculture.  Members represent various ag interests and keep each other informed on issues through a monthly state newsletter. For more information or a sample newsletter, contact Kouba at 563-4560.

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