MACON, Ga. — Bret Buursema was recently named a district winner in the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation’s Middle School Essay Contest.
Buursema received a $100 cash prize for being the top winner from Georgia Farm Bureau’s 1st District, which consists of 15 counties in Northwest Georgia. The son of Tim and Beth Buursema, Bret is a sixth-grade student at Vickery Creek Middle School.
A winner was selected from each of the organization’s 10 districts. The state winner was chosen from the 10 district winners. Students were asked to address the topic “My Plate is Georgia Grown.” Essays were judged on clarity of thought and writing skill. The contest was open to any student in sixth through eighth grade.
“Our goal in holding the essay contest is to give Georgia students a chance to learn more about Georgia agriculture, the top industry in our state,” Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said. “Bret is to be commended for his essay on how food produced in Georgia contributes to our health and economic well-being.”
The Georgia Farm Bureau Women’s Committee coordinated the statewide contest. Locally, the Forsyth County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee coordinated the contest.
“We are so proud of Bret for being selected as the district winner in the Georgia Farm Bureau Essay Contest,” said Forsyth County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Chairwoman Dawn Hall. “There were 62 entries in the state contest, so, Bret is to be congratulated for his accomplishment.”