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Burke students place in state art contests

posted May 24, 2018, 7:59 AM by Cheryl Shuffler

A budding artist from Forest Hill Elementary School recently won two state art competitions. Fourth grader Francisco R.-H.’s artwork will appear in a state agriculture calendar about farm to school, and he won a state competition to help prevent mosquito bites. The state also recognized Francisco’s schoolmate from Forest Hill Sydney S. and Rutherford College Elementary School’s Peyton D. in art competitions.


For the North Carolina Farm to School Calendar Contest, Francisco’s artwork comes to life as colorful farm animals and vegetables walk from a barn to a schoolhouse. The picture will be featured on the November 2018 page of the calendar. For the NC Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch of the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ Fight the Bite poster contest, Francisco’s black-and-white pencil artwork features a mosquito marking out tips for humans on how to prevent mosquitos from thriving and biting.


Francisco is humble about his award winning artwork and hopes it helps educate people on issues in the state. He said, “This artwork is really important to me because it helps other people and tells them about things. I like doing art that has a purpose. Fight the Bite is about preventing bites and diseases. And with the Farm to School, I literally drew fruits and farm produce going to school out of the barn.”


The Farm to School calendar features facts about agriculture in our state and highlights the diversity of our state’s agriculture. The Fight the Bite poster seeks to help prevent not only mosquito but also tick bites and their diseases. For his awards in both contests, Francisco traveled to Raleigh with family to be honored. When he grows up, Francisco said he would like to use his artist abilities to animate movies or design video games.


Joining Francisco was second grade Forest Hill student Sydney S., who received an honorable mention in the Farm to School contest for her drawing of farm animals. Last year, Sydney was the Burke County Public Schools winner in the American Heart Association and Carolina’s HealthCare System Blue Ridge’s heart art competition. Both are students in Jennifer Hudson’s art class at Forest Hill.


Peyton D. from Rutherford College also was a winner in the NC Division of Public Health’s Fight the Bite campaign.


The Farm to School calendar comes out in August. Francisco, his family and the school will get a few copies for free. Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said he plans to purchase one. “Our students have many opportunities to showcase their talents, and I congratulate Francisco, Sydney and Peyton on their state recognitions for their artwork. I for one can’t wait until Francisco’s artwork is published in the state agriculture calendar because I plan on buying one.”



Francisco and his art teacher at Forest Hill Elementary School Jennifer Hudson.


Photo courtesy of the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Francisco from Forest Hill is front row, left, and Peyton from Rutherford College is front row, right.

Peyton D. from Rutherford College Elementary School with her Fight the Bite winning poster.



Francisco's Farm to School artwork will appear in a calendar.


Sydney’s artwork received recognition in the Farm to School calendar contest.