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Sevier County 4-H Essay Contest Winners Announced

Sevier County 4-H Essay Contest Winners Announced

Winners for the Sevier County 4-H Essay Contest for 2017 have been named in five award categories, out of more than 2,900 essays entered. This year, students wrote informative essays on the theme of Litter Reduction and Recycling. Keep Sevier Beautiful sponsors the contest annually and provides ribbons for all participants, along with cash awards as listed below.

Overall, Sevier County 4-H Essay $25 Winners were:

4th grade – Kasidy Cates, Homeschool

5th grade – Jake McCord, Seymour Intermediate

6th grade – Tyson McFall, New Center

7th & 8th grade – Melissa Medellin, Sevierville Middle School

9th–12th grade – Lindsey Hedrick, Homeschool


4th grade cash award winners include:

$10 Winners – Cameron Brown, Sevierville Intermediate; Hailey Brown, Sevierville Intermediate; Elena Ortiz, Sevierville Intermediate

$5 Winners – Amber Lynn Greer, Pittman Center; Sadie Moore, Pittman Center; Izzy Harris, Northview Intermediate; Olivia Smelcer, Sevierville Intermediate


5th grade cash award winners include:

$10 Winners – Mackenzie Lynch Pigeon Forge Middle; Sylvia Castellanos, Boyds Creek; Shaylie Ortiz, Wearwood

$5 Winners – Marielle Guarin, Sevierville Intermediate; Megan Ownby, Sevierville Intermediate; Grayden Wear; Catlettsburg; Kendall Grosser, Boyds Creek


6th grade cash award winners include:

$10 Winners – Cidnie Fernandez, Pittman Center; Kaia Howard, Catlettsburg; Shelby Koerten, Sevierville Middle

$5 Winners – Sonni Werner, Pi Beta Phi; Jenna Tinajere, Catlettsburg; Elle Wlas, Seymour Middle; Joslin Nave, Sevierville Middle


7th & 8th grade cash award winners include:

$10 Winners – Savannah Simmons, Sevierville Middle;Isabella Lough, Homeschool; Cassie Loveday, New Center

$5 Winners – Haylin Ownby, New Center; Grady Branton, Sevierville Middle; Alissa Migawa, New Center; Chance Loveday, Sevierville Middle


9th – 12th grade cash award winners include:

$10 Winners – Nate Sams, Homeschool; Olivia Browning, Homeschool


For more information about Keep Sevier Beautiful you can find them online at 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.

Photo: Keep Sevier Beautiful Executive Director Lisa Bryant (center). Highschool division winner (left) Lindsey Hedrick – Homeschool Club and (right) 7th & 8th grade winner Melissa Medellin – Sevierville Middle School.

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