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Two Eastern Panhandle students do well in Farm City Week post

December 11, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two youngsters from West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle were among the big winners in the 2007 National Farm City Week poster contest, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

Winners were honored by Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass at a ceremony Nov. 16 in Charleston. The theme of the contest was "Agriculture No Farm, No Food," and students were asked to create a poster showing what the theme means to them.

"This contest is an effort by the WVDA to stimulate thought on the part of our youngsters about the importance of agriculture to our society," said Douglass. "I would like to thank all the teachers and students who participated. There were hundreds of entries and I hope we helped to raise the agricultural awareness of everyone who participated."

Entries were broken down into three age categories: Grades K-2, 3-4 and 5-6. First place in each category received a $75 cash prize, second place received a $50 cash prize and third place received a $25 cash prize.

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The winners in grades K-2 included Jennifer Diaz, of Valley View Elementary in Martinsburg, W.Va., who won first place.

The winners in grades 3-4 included Erin McGowan, Blue Ridge Elementary in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., who won third place.

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