The Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with the Kentucky Farm Bureau, honored the winners of the 2015 Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest.
The annual contests — an art contest for students in grades one through five and a writing contest for students in grades six through 12 — allow the students to use the knowledge they have gained about the environment and transform it into creative art work and essays. The awards ceremony was held at the Jane K. Beshear Capitol Education Center in Frankfort.
The contest’s theme, The Wild Side of Kentucky, helped students learn more about the importance of wildlife in Kentucky.
Zachary Hall, a student at Whitesburg Middle School, was recognized as the Area 9 winner in the writing contest. His entry was one of 17,665 writing entries from 93 counties across the Commonwealth.
He was awarded a monetary gift from Kentucky Farm Bureau.
The awards were presented by Todd Bright of Kentucky Farm Bureau and David Rowlett of Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts. Zachary will also receive recognition on the local level from the Letcher County Conservation District.