Ensures Healthy, Productive, and Sustainable Forests

2021 Essay Contest

“What a unique opportunity and difference this may make for students. Thank you for supporting the educational endeavor of all students in science of forestry.” - Hobbton Middle School Teacher

In its fifth year, the North Carolina Forestry Association (NCFA) Forest Products Week Essay Contest once again hit a new record! NCFA received 591 essays from as far east as Kill Devil Hills and as far west as Hayesville! Last year, we received 533 essays, thus growing our program by 10.8%! Click here for a map of the 2021 participating schools click this link!

The NCFA had student participation from 66 out of the one hundred counties in NC. Conservative estimates include 5,000 students engaged with or introduced to forestry topics through the contest this year!

Thank you to all who participated, and to the teachers and parents that supported these students. A panel of forestry professionals from the NC Forest Service and the NCFA served as readers to help select the winning essays. Thank you to Christie Adams and Robert Ross from the NC Forest Service, and the NCFA’s Amy Juliana, Mike Powell, and Kristen Fontana for serving on the panel this year!

On behalf of our sponsors, NC Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee, and the NC Forest Service, we are excited to announce the following winners:

Elementary School: Sebastian Furr, from Brunson Elementary in Winston Salem, NC

Middle School: Clint Bristow from Clover Garden Charter School in Burlington, NC

High School: Cynthia Johnson from Camden County Early College High School in Camden, NC

Congratulations to our winners! We will be visiting students both in person and on our virtual platforms to congratulate them on their work.

This year we had so many great submissions we also want to name honorable mentions from each grade level. These students made it to the final round!

Elementary School Honorable Mentions:
Rebekah Bloom from Gamewell Elementary in Lenoir, NC and Matilda Gragg from Banner Elk Elementary in Banner Elk, NC

Middle School Honorable Mentions:
Will Roberts from Shining Rock Classical Academy in Clyde, NC and Miranda Locklear from West Alexander Middle School in Taylorsville, NC

High School Honorable Mentions:
Hillary Martinez-Gomez from NE Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience in Jamesville, NC and Colton Williams from Camden County High School in Camden, NC

 2021 Essay Contest