Three BHS students place in Farm Bureau art contest

Published 9:09 am Monday, May 3, 2021

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Thursday afternoon Lisa Green of Decatur County Farm Bureau presented three of Bainbridge High School’s art students awards for their renderings of Southwest Georgia agriculture.

The students were tasked by DCFB to design artwork depicting agriculture in Decatur County or in the State of Georgia, Green said.

All of the artwork created stems from ideas revolving around crops, livestock, cotton, corn, cows and pigs.

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Senior Craig Speh won third place for his pen and ink drawing of a farm, complete with a tractor, hay bale, farm, fence and sprinkler system.

Senior Bethany Carnes was awarded second place for her drawing a cow dotted outline of the state of Georgia with the state flower in the center. The state was then surrounded by cowboy boots, cotton crops, peaches, trees and peanuts.

Carnes said this was her first year taking art, and she was really surprised to have placed in the competition.

Junior Kursten Branson took home first place and a $100 prize for her rendering of Georgia that featured cows, cowboy boots, sunflowers and a large tractor in the center.

Art teacher Rebecca Cole said these students worked on the drawings in class, but most of the students took home their work to finalize the details.

Prior to beginning their artwork, Cole said she would do a presentation on what agriculture is special to Decatur County, whereas what might someone might see in the Midwest.

Cole then takes the finished works and turns them into Farm Bureau, who has a committee that judges the works.

With Branson having won first, her work will now be entered into the district competition, and if it wins at the district level, will be sent to state.

While this was Cole’s seventh year working with Farm Bureau to send in artwork she said she was really proud of her babies.

Green said some of the artwork will appear in Farm Bureau calendars that Cole can then use to show inspiration for classes in years to come.

To view more artwork from past winners, visit