Jake, who submitted the essay “Luigi’s Pride”, was one of six state winners in the contest. As a winner of the 2013 state competition, Jake received a gold medal inscribed with the title of his story and the date, an E-reader and an expense paid trip to Sacramento for the awards ceremony as a part of National Agriculture Week.
His classmate, Jenny McLaughlin, was one of five regional winners for the Region 2 competition covering Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Tuolumne, Napa, El Dorado, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties. Her wining essay was entitled “Field Trip to My Farm.”
The two are both pupils in Star Pedron’s class at the local school.
The statewide competition is sponsored by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom as a way to promote reading, writing and the arts. The competition also highlights the importance of California agriculture.
The entries are collected at a regional level before being submitted for the state competition. More than 1,800 stories from third- to eighth-grader students throughout California were submitted.
Those who won will also have their winning stories illustrated by California art students so that they may be published in a book.
The day of the awards ceremony, Jake, son of Stephen and Susan Martin, was interviewed on camera for promotional purposes. He then autographed 100 copies of the book to be sent to notable persons throughout the state.
Jake’s story “Luigi’s Pride” also had the honor of generating the book’s cover illustration.
The winners who received the honor were invited along with their parents and teacher to tour the Capitol Building, celebrate in a day long luminaire party. During the awards ceremony, California State government representatives were on hand to present certificates and awards to the students.
The winning stories can be downloaded or read online at: www.learnaboutag.org/imaginethis/2013.
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