Sweet, Owens Writes Winning Essays – Claiborne Progress

Since the dawn of writing, humanity has relied on the chaining of letters to preserve what the mind thinks. Words, sentences, paragraphs come together in a solid structure to form ideas.

Each year, the Claiborne County Agricultural Bureau continues the great tradition with its Essay Contest. Two fifth-graders easily won the 2022 county-wide installment by putting pen to paper to express their individual thoughts on “What is farming?”

Eli Sweet and Allie Owens, who are both HY Livesay High School students, won first and second place, increasing the size of their piggy banks by a total of $100 and $60, respectively.

Open to all fifth-grade students in the county, the first round involved choosing a first- and second-place winner from each participating school. The first place winners then competed in the county-wide competition.

Students placing first and second in each school won $50 and $25, respectively. Those who won the county all-around, Sweet and Owens, received $50 and an additional $35 for their winning essays.

The two will move forward to compete at the state level where they will have the chance to win $300 for first place and $200 for second place.

The annual competition is sponsored by the Tennessee Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Women’s Organization.

The Tennessee Farm Bureau has more than 680,000 member families from across the state. The local Claiborne County Agricultural Bureau has 6,200 member families in its service area.

The County Chapter of the Women’s Committee wishes to express how much it appreciates the parents, teachers and students who made this year’s essay contest a success.

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