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St. Paul student gets statewide recognition

The artwork of St. Paul student Sierra Stoltenberg is featured in the 2013-14 school year calendar produced annually by Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (AITC).by: SUBMITTED - Sierra Stoltenberg, a first-grader at St. Paul Elementary School, stands with her mom and kindergarten teacher Kristi Stoltenberg (left) and Cindy Ettestad, the Oregon Ag in the Classroom Foundation board vice president. Sierras artwork is featured on the foundations 2014 calendar.

Sierra is one of 13 students whose artwork is featured in the calendar. The artwork showcases the diversity of Oregon’s agriculture and natural resources. Each year 10,000 calendars are distributed statewide.

Sierra submitted her artwork last spring as a kindergarten student at St. Paul Elementary in St. Paul. Sierra’s art features a vegetable seed farm with a truck and trailer. It is the art for March in the calendar. Other art in this year’s calendar features fruits, vegetables, fish, trees and farm animals.

A reception was held on Aug. 25 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds to recognize Sierra and the other students whose artwork is in the calendar. The teachers of students were also honored at the reception. All 13 pictures were on display during the Oregon State Fair.

Besides having their work published in the calendar, each winning student received a $50 prize.

This year winning art was chosen from a field of 1,460 entries from 24 Oregon counties. The AITC Calendar Contest is open to public, private, charter and home school students in grades K-6. Students draw images of Oregon agriculture and, since Oregon produces more than 200 different commodities, students have a wide variety of subjects from which to choose. Each student who participated received a personalized certificate to recognize their efforts.