INDIANAPOLIS - U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar today announced the county winners of the 2008-09 Dick Lugar Youth Essay Contest.
Eighth grade students throughout Indiana wrote essays focusing on this year's theme, "Working Our Way to Energy Independence." Students explored how farmers can lead the way to a sustainable energy future. In addition, they were asked to consider now the demand for alternative fuel sources will impact Hoosier farmers, rural economies, and our nations's security.
A farmer and former small businessman, Lugar created the Dick Lugar/Indiana Farm Bureau/Farm Bureau Insurance Companies Agricultural Essay Contest as a way to teach Hoosier youth about the state's agricultural heritage.
County winner's will now compete at the district level. District winners will be invited to attend the Indiana Farm Bureau Spring Conference March 6, in Indianapolis, where they will be recognized for their achievements. State winners will be named at the spring conference.
Clay County winners are Brandon Crowley and Saiti Booe, Clay City High School.