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Carbondale Teen Among State Photo Contest Winners

A person taking a photo of a butterfly with a camera.
Jamie Street

A Jackson County, IL teen is among the winners of the Cream of the Crop photo contest. The contest invites young people to share photos showing their vision of agriculture in Illinois.

Alec Shields of Carbondale won Second Place in the 15 to 18 Age Bracket.

Winners receive Bright Start scholarship funds and Winning entries and other photo submissions will be featured in Ag Invest marketing material, including the 2023-2024 Ag Invest calendar.

The photos will be displayed at the Illinois State Fair in the Treasurer's Tent. To view the winning photos online, visit the link below. https://www.illinoistreasurer.gov/Invest_in_Illinois/Ag_Invest/Cream_of_the_Crop_Photo_Contest/Cream_of_the_Crop_Winners

8-10 Age Bracket Winners

First Place: Bennett Schumacher, At Sunset, Jacksonville, IL (Morgan County)

Second Place: Bennett Schumacher, Working Hard, Jacksonville, IL (Morgan County)

Third Place: Leah Johnson, Rose Lettuce, Pleasant Plains, IL (Sangamon County)

11-14 Age Bracket Winners

First Place: Carolyn Lee, American Cattle, Wellington, IL (Iroquois County)

Second Place: Anna Parr, Moo, Mason City, IL (Mason County)

Third Place: Anna Parr, Mama and Her Babies, Mason City, IL (Mason County)

15-18 Age Bracket Winners

First Place: Macy McLaughlin, Evening Elegance, Mason City, IL (Mason County)

Second Place: Alec Shields, Beneath the Bluffs, Carbondale, IL (Jackson County)

Second Place: Sophie Robinson, Crop Sprayer, Taylorville, IL (Christian County)

Third Place: Hallie Smith, Mary the Little Lamb, Taylorville, IL (Christian County)

Leah Lerner is a media writer, producer, and announcer at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org.
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