Greenwood High School freshman Katrina Powell submitted this winning entry in the third annual Farm to School Art Contest.
Greenwood High freshman wins state art contest
For Immediate Release
Monday, December 23, 2013
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Ted Sloan, (502) 564-1138
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Katrina Powell, a freshman at Greenwood High School in Bowling Green, won the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s third annual Farm to School Art Contest.
The statewide winners were announced at a school food service directors conference earlier this month in Bowling Green. Warren County Public Schools’ food service director, Gina Howard, was also recognized.
“Congratulations to Katrina for winning the Farm to School Art Contest,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “I hope that Katrina and the other Kentucky students who participated in the contest learned the importance of eating fresh, local Kentucky Proud foods in their school cafeterias.”
Bailey Bowland, a fifth-grader at Concord Elementary School in McCracken County, was state runner-up. Sara Jane Hedges is McCracken County Public Schools’ food service director. Tori White, a fifth-grader at R.W. Combs Elementary School in Perry County, won third place. Perry County’s food service director is Linda Campbell.
Powell won $50 for placing first, while Bowland received $30 for second, and White was awarded $20 for third.
Greenwood High School will receive a visit from renowned Kentucky chef Jim Whaley, who will spend a day with Howard and her staff. Whaley, chef consultant at Jefferson County Public Schools with more than 30 years of experience, focuses on integrating local farmers’ foods into his cooking.
Concord Elementary School will receive Farm to School aprons for the food service directors and their staffs, and R.W. Combs Elementary School will get Farm to School gift baskets.
The Farm to School Program helps connect school food service systems with local farmers. Kentucky schools spent an estimated $460,000 on local foods in the 2012-13 school year, up from $280,000 in 2011-12. Eighty-four Kentucky school districts are members of Kentucky Proud, and more than 80 producers sell foods to Kentucky schools.
For more information about the Farm to School program, contact Tina Garland at Tina.Garland@ky.gov.