Young artists shine at Tulare County board meeting

Tulare County Supervisor Pete Vander Poel III presenting a certificate to a young girl who was featured in Tulare County Farm Bureau 2024-25 Student Art Calendar.(Karis Caddell)

Students receive recognition from Board of Supervisors as winners of 2023-24 Tulare County Farm Bureau Student Art Calendar

VISALIA – The winning students of the Tulare County Farm Bureau’s art competition stole the spotlight at a recent board of supervisors meeting, adding a splash of color to the county’s routine proceedings.

At its April 26 meeting, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors acknowledged the winners of the Tulare County Farm Bureau’s art competition before a crowd of teachers, students and proud parents who showed up to support the competition’s winners. In addition to cash prizes, the winners also had their artwork featured in the farm bureau’s 2023-24 Student Art Calendar.

“It’s so great to see agriculture be prominently placed in our school settings for all of our children to draw to learn about, I think it’s just a fantastic program,” Supervisor Pete Vander Poel III said.

Although she could not be in attendance at the meeting, the overall winner of the contest was Sara Satko from Porterville, who received the highest cash prize of $50. Other contest winners who were also featured in the Farm Bureau’s calendar received prizes of $25.

Additionally, the calendar features 24 other honorable mentions at the bottom of each page. The winners were personally gifted their prizes by the supervisor of their respective district during acknowledgments.

“We’ve got to continue to educate the public about agriculture and the benefits of having our own locally grown food supply,”  Vander Poel said. “As long as we can keep ingraining those values, our youth agriculture will continue to survive and thrive and flourish.”

The calendars are released every year to Celebrate National Agriculture Week in the county, and act as a way to help get kids interested in agriculture by expressing it through their art. Each calendar page features various agricultural facts about what produce is in season that month with a corresponding winning art piece.

“Your efforts have contributed immensely to celebrating and preserving the essence of agriculture in Tulare County,” Supervisor Eddie Valero said. “We applaud the dedication, the skills and enthusiasm demonstrated by students who participate in this program year after year.”

The contests had over 1,500 entries from 30 different schools to choose from for the calendar this year.

At the meeting, it was announced by the Farm Bureau that the contest originally started as a bumper sticker contest back in the 90’s and has since evolved into the calendar contest that is known today.

“This is just another shining example of all the wonderful things that Tulare County has to offer, and a way to celebrate the many talents of our children,” Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Tim Hire said at the meeting.

The calendar will be distributed by the county, Farm Bureau and to Tulare County teachers in April. Featured artwork includes: 

  • Emma Souza, grade 12,from Redwood High School 
  • Jasmin Rivas, grade 12, from Redwood High School 
  • Analee Munoz Luna, grade 12, from Orosi High School
  • Bryce Moore, grade six, from St. Paul’s School
  • Maliah Munoz, grade eight, from St. Aloysius School
  • Lily Iverson, grade eight, from St. Paul’s School
  •  Clara Ferreira, grade five, from St. Paul’s School
  • Polett Barba, grade eight, St. Aloysius School
  • Zoe Alvarado, grade five, from Sundale Union School
  • Sara Satko, grade eight, from Heartland Charter School
  • Denise Alvarado, grade nine, from Mission Oak High School
  • Abigail Mueller, grade eight, from Wilson Middle School 
  • Maya Arciga, grade 11, from Orosi High School

“You are truly artists. Amazing job,” Chairman Larry Micari said. “Your talent is just amazing. Thank you so much.”

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