Student artists selected for Tulare County Farm Bureau calendar

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Tulare County Farm Bureau Calendar Art winners recognized by Supervisors on National Ag Day
@TheSunGazette
TULARE COUNTY – Three local students were among the winners of the 2018 Calendar Art Contest hosted by Tulare County Farm Bureau (TCFB). Mia Machado, a third grader at Sequoia Union Elementary School in Lemon Cove, was selected for the month May; Phoenix Datig, a second grader at Three Rivers Elementary School, was selected for October; and Eveny Leon, a second grader at G.L. Snowden Elementary School in Farmersville was selected for December.
Machado, Datig and Leon were among 14 winners (including the cover and back cover) honored with a special presentation during the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March 20 in observance of National Ag Day.
Over 800 Tulare County students from 39 schools submitted entries for TCFB’s annual art contest by the February 15 deadline.  The goal of the contest is to promote awareness about agriculture in Tulare County and the importance of an abundant and healthy food supply. The contest was sponsored by the Tulare County Office of Education.
The students were asked to submit original artwork depicting this year’s theme, “Tulare County Agriculture…Growing Good Things.”  All entries were judged by a panel of representatives from the TCFB’s Education Committee.  Winning artwork was chosen based on the agricultural content, originality, neatness and reproducibility.
Overall winner Joshua Talingo Garcia, an 11th grader from Orosi High School, is no stranger to the contest. He was the 2017 November winner and the 2016 back cover winner. This year, his artwork is featured on the cover of the calendar and he received a $50 cash award. Additional student artists, listed below, received a $25 prize and their artwork is featured inside the calendar as monthly winners.
Each year, the 12-month calendar (April through March) is printed and distributed to schools throughout the county and is available to the public at no cost. For a copy of the 2018-2019 TCFB Agricultural Art Calendar, please contact the Tulare County Farm Bureau at 732-8301. The culmination of TCFB’s art contest is one way the organization celebrates National Ag Day.
The winners were:
  • Cover Winner – Joshua Talingo Garcia, 11th Grade, Orosi High School
  • January – Michelle Park, 6th Grade, Hurley Elementary School
  • February – Fernando Garcia, 12th Grade, Orosi High School
  • March – Ashley Carrion, 6th Grade, Tipton Elementary School
  • April – Christian Carlos, 11th Grade, Orosi High School
  • May – Mia Machado, 3rd Grade, Sequoia Union Elementary
  • June – Julie Castillo, 8th Grade, Alpine Vista School
  • July – Adyson Hensley, 5th Grade, Rockford Elementary School
  • August – Hannah Shackelford, 6th Grade, Golden Oak Elementary School
  • September – Mylee Primm, 8th Grade, La Joya Middle School
  • October – Phoenix Datig, 2nd grade, Three Rivers Elementary
  • November – Anthony Tamayo, 11th Grade, Orosi High School
  • December – Eveny Leon, 2nd grade, Snowden Elementary
  • Back Cover – Branson Campbell, 8th Grade, La Joya Middle School
Tulare County is the leading dairy county in the nation and a top agricultural producer in California.  The Tulare County Farm Bureau represents more than 1,400 family farmers and is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the viability of Tulare County agriculture on behalf of its membership.