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Newton County BOC recognizes River of Words winners

Newton BOC congratulated the students who participated in the “River of Words” poetry and art contest. In the front row, from left to right, are Kameron Hargrave, Alexander Madsen, Garrett Payne, Trinity Middlebrooks, Briana Maughon; and second row Parker Gassmann, Daniel Joseph, Emma Caldwell, Cadence McGuire, Hayden Carragher; third row: Alli Coberth, Amelia Knighton, Olivia Holladay, Cameron McCanless, Claire Vinson; and back row Commissioners John Douglas, Lanier Sims, Chairman Keith Ellis, Nancy Schulz and J. C. Henderson. (Special photo)

Newton BOC congratulated the students who participated in the “River of Words” poetry and art contest. In the front row, from left to right, are Kameron Hargrave, Alexander Madsen, Garrett Payne, Trinity Middlebrooks, Briana Maughon; and second row Parker Gassmann, Daniel Joseph, Emma Caldwell, Cadence McGuire, Hayden Carragher; third row: Alli Coberth, Amelia Knighton, Olivia Holladay, Cameron McCanless, Claire Vinson; and back row Commissioners John Douglas, Lanier Sims, Chairman Keith Ellis, Nancy Schulz and J. C. Henderson. (Special photo)

COVINGTON — The Newton County Board of Commissioners recognized 16 “River of Words” poetry and art contest winners on Tuesday.

The contest, which is sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB), encourages local students to create art or poetry that feature water.

The winners were: Alli Coberth, Amelia Knighton, Olivia Holladay, Cameron McCanless, Claire Vinson, Parker Gassmann, Daniel Joseph, Emma Caldwell, Cadence McGuire, Hayden Carragher, Kameron Hargrave, Alexander Madsen, Garrett Payne, Trinity Middlebrooks, Briana Maughon and Yasmine Atkism, who was not present at the meeting.

The first place winners received Walmart gift cards for $40, second place $30 and third place $20.

The cost of the prizes is offset by a contribution from the Service Guild of Covington. The Conservation Committee of the Service Guild provides judges for the local contest.

KCNB will send all the entries to California for entry into the national contest. Contest officials in California will later send the entries back to Georgia for the state contest.