Winners for the Sevier County 4-H Essay Contest for 2015 have been selected. Winners were named in five award categories, with over 2,050 entered, in this year’s contest. The topic was “Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State. What are the benefits of volunteering and why is it important to volunteer with Keep Sevier Beautiful?” The contest is sponsored annually by Keep Sevier Beautiful. Keep Sevier Beautiful provides ribbons for all participants along with cash awards as listed below.
Overall, $25.00 winners were: 4th grade – Andrew Abrams, Catlettsburg; 5th grade – Isabella Zadakaus, Seymour Intermediate; 6th grade – Shelby Carmichael, Sevierville Middle; 7th & 8th grade – Daniel Gomez, Sevierville Middle; 9th – 12th grade – Victoria Clements, Sevier County High School.
4th grade cash award winners include:
$10.00 Winners – AJ Donough, Boyds Creek Elementary; Sierra Chaney, Wearwood; Bailey McCoy, Seymour Intermediate.
$5.00 Winners – Avery Watson, Pi Beta Phi; Alaine Kirk, Pigeon Forge Primary; Connor French, Sevierville Intermediate; Dawson Phillips, Pi Beta Phi.
5th grade cash award winners include:
$10.00 Winners – Miya Palaganas, Pigeon Forge Middle; Caleb Sipes, Pi Beta Phi; Naerguess Siahatgar, Pi Beta Phi.
$5.00 Winners – Emileigh Wood, Pigeon Forge Middle; Cody Kihlberg, Pi Beta Phi; Molly Daniels, Pigeon Forge Middle; Claire Robinette, Seymour Intermediate.
6th grade cash award winners include:
$10.00 Winners – Claire Jenkins, Pigeon Forge Middle; Nathaniel Rauhuff, Catlettsburg; Hannah Ownby, Sevierville Middle.
$5.00 Winners – Emily Turner, Catons Chapel; Vishua Patel, Pi Beta Phi; Lila Blalock, Sevierville Middle;
Will Aleman, Sevierville Middle.
7th & 8th grade cash award winners include:
$10.00 Winners – Hannah Carr, Sevierville Middle; Catherine Cummings, Sevierville Middle; Darcie Bagent, Catons Chapel.
$5.00 Winners – Ivy Bales, Catons Chapel; Chesnie Bohanan, Catons Chapel;Amy Cante, Catons Chapel; Maya Brauch, Catons Chapel.
9th – 12th grade cash award winners include:
$10.00 Winners – Andrew Troutman, Gatlinburg Pittman High School; Christy Newsom, Pigeon Forge High School; Tiffany Metcalf, Pigeon Forge High School
$5.00 Winners – Trenton Dombrowski, Sevier County High School; Tyler Dombrowski, Sevier County High School.
For more information about Keep Sevier Beautiful you can find them online at KeepSevierBeautiful.com or on Facebook. In addition to sponsoring the 4-H Essay Contest, Keep Sevier Beautiful sponsors multiple community cleanup projects.
4-H is the Youth Development program for The University of Tennessee Extension. 4-H teaches leadership, citizenship and life skills to more than 302,000 youth in grades 4-12. 4-H also has more than 15,000 adult volunteers. UT Extension is one of four units of the UT Institute of Agriculture.