Students win Pride of Dakota essay, poster contests

BISMARCK – Students from Bismarck, Cavalier, Fargo, Halliday, Minot and Scranton were the winners in the 2014 Pride of Dakota essay and poster contests.

“These essays and posters clearly demonstrate the understanding these young people have of the importance of farming and ranching,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring at a Tuesday news conference. “I am very impressed both by their knowledge and their skill in communicating it.”

The news conference was held in the State Capitol's Memorial Hall during National Agriculture Week. The theme of this year's contest is “North Dakota Agriculture: Growing for You and Me.”

"The North Dakota Bankers Association is proud to honor the achievements of young people who understand the value of North Dakota's agriculture industry," said Rick Clayburgh, president and CEO of the North Dakota Bankers Association (NDBA). "We will always be proud of our state's businesses, farmers and ranchers that offer excellent products that complement healthy lifestyles.”

This year's winners are:

Rowyn Schollmeyer, 13, a student at Horizon Middle School in Bismarck, won the essay contest.

Morgan Reeder, 10, a student at Clara Barton Elementary School in Fargo, won the poster contest.

Caleb Akin, 14, Halliday Public School, and Billie Carik, 14, Cavalier Public School, were the second and third-place winners in the essay contest.

Haile Werre, 9, Longfellow Elementary School, Minot, and Madison Wilson, 10, Scranton School, Scranton, took second and third in the poster contest.

The winners received monetary awards from the NDBA.

The Pride of Dakota program fosters the development and growth of small businesses and especially businesses that are farm-based or rely on agricultural commodities. Pride of Dakota member companies can participate in cooperative promotion and marketing events; receive representation at local, state, regional, national, and international trade shows; and take part in educational opportunities. More than 500 companies are Pride of Dakota members. Authorized by the Legislature, the program is administered by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.