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South Forsyth Middle student wins Farm Bureau essay contest

A South Forsyth Middle School student recently won an essay contest put on by the Georgia Farm Bureau.

Ashrutha Shanmugan, an eighth grader at the school on Windermere Parkway, received $100 for being the winner in his 15-county district for his essay on the topic “The Importance of Georgia’s Specialty Crops.”

Open to all students in grades 6-8 in Georgia, 50 submissions were received.

“The purpose of this essay contest is to encourage students to increase their awareness and understanding of agriculture through research and presentations by county Farm Bureau volunteers,” according to Teena Atkins, office manager at the Forsyth County Farm Bureau.

Essays were judged on clarity of thought and writing skill.

“The annual Georgia Farm Bureau Essay Contest serves as a mechanism to promote agricultural education in the classroom. We strive to engage students through educational outreach about agriculture, the top economic contributor to our state economy,” said Gerald Long, Georgia Farm Bureau president. “Ashrutha is to be commended for being named a district winner in this contest. There were many well-written essays entered in the contest this year.”

The Georgia Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee coordinated the statewide contest. Locally, the contest was coordinated by the Forsyth County Farm Bureau.

Dawn Hall, chair of the Forsyth County Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership committee, said Shanmugan demonstrated “talent and creativity while skillfully highlighting Georgia agriculture.”