Hope students earn honors in statewide contest

From left, Jim Allen of the Alabama Farmers Cooperative; Nathaniel Ruiz; his teacher, Isabel Ruiz; and Alabama Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms. (Contributed)

From left, Jim Allen of the Alabama Farmers Cooperative; Nathaniel Ruiz; his teacher, Isabel Ruiz; and Alabama Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms. (Contributed)

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

BIRMINGHAM – A trio of students at Pelham’s Hope Christian School earned high honors and cash prizes in a recent statewide contest.

The students competed in the Farm-City poster, essay and multimedia contests, which tasked contestants with explaining the importance of the link between farmers and their city neighbors.

Nathaniel Ruiz, a senior at Hope Christian School, took home first place in the contest’s multimedia contest by submitting a video demonstrating the origins of items such as produce, cotton items, wildlife resources and more. To view Ruiz’ winning video, visit https://youtu.be/SrOGuhkXHPU.

As a result of his first-place finish, Ruiz and Hope Christian School each received $300 during the Alabama Farmers Cooperative’s Farm-City awards luncheon on April 2 in Birmingham.

In the 10th-12th-grade essay portion of the contest, HCS junior Laurin Bell took home second place, earning $200 for herself and the school. Bell’s winning essay will be featured on the 2016 Farm-City calendar.

HCS freshman Kinley Bell won second place in the essay contest’s seventh-through-ninth-grade contest. As a result Kinley Bell also won $200 for herself and for Hope, and will have her essay featured in the 2016 Farm-City calendar.

“This year’s theme is ‘Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed,’” State Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms wrote in a release. “These contests give students the opportunity to learn more about the vital link between urban cities and rural farms and how they both work together to ensure we have the safest, most affordable food source in the world.”