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Morrill Act Contest Winners Announced

Tuesday, December 11 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – FFA members from Meridian, sixth graders at Idaho Falls Rimrock Elementary and high school seniors at Meridian took top honors in a University of Idaho video contest to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the law that created the U.S. land-grant university system.

Elementary students from Marsing, Lewiston and Kootenai won top prizes in a poster contest focusing on education.

The university’s Student Alumni Relations Board members voted alumni choice awards to Ammon sixth graders for their video and to Rigby kindergarteners for their poster.

The overall contest, “I Am Idaho’s Future,” asked students from kindergarten to senior high school to express the value of education to their futures.

The University of Idaho contest celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Morrill Act on July 2, 1862. The land-grant act transferred federal lands to each state to fund a college to teach primarily agriculture, mechanical arts and military science to the working class.

The law sponsored by Rep. Justin Morrill, a Vermont Republican, transformed higher education by providing federal funding. The new law democratized education, expanding it beyond the realm of private colleges educating the sons of wealthy families to prepare them for professional careers in the clergy, law or medicine.

"I'm thankful for all the students who competed in the contest; it's encouraging to see their talent," said M. Duane Nellis, President of the University of Idaho. "We're investing in their futures as a 21st Century land-grant university that benefits Idaho and the nation because of our Morrill Act heritage."

The Morrill Act contest asked students to consider the history of the law, its importance to higher education and the importance of education to their own lives.

The contest offered prizes of $750, $500 and $250 for videos produced by FFA chapters and high school classes. Students through middle school submitting videos won prizes of $500, $300 and $200. Poster entries won prizes of $175, $150 and $75.

See the winning entries and find out more about the contest and the Morrill Act at

The following FFA chapters and schools won Morrill Act Video Contest awards.

FFA chapters:

1. Meridian Agricultural Science & Technology, Instructor: Alan Heikkila, Grade: 11, $750

Students: Brett Wilder, Toby Carleton, Erik Engberson, Anthony Hoag, Carly Weaver, Christina Schram, Clay Tully, Olivia Czopek, Melissa Goetz, Blake Krueger, Austin Cooley, Andrew Heikkila, Kailey Eberhard, Tyler Self

Video title: “Morrill Land Grant Act”

2. Salmon High School, Instructor: Katie Cooper, $500

Students: Sarah Spain, Erin Hurley, Emma Guzman, Alice Knight, Sabrina Sanford, Tyler Cabigas, Matt Carrel, BreAnna Olson, Lexie Gonnoud, Dylan Brewer

Video title: “Morrill Act - Salmon FFA Chapter”

3. Genesee High School, Instructor: J.R. Murrow, Grades: 11 and 12, $250

Students: Thomas Hubbard, Lance Funke

Video title: “Livin’ Life Morrill Style”

5th To 8th Grades

1. Rimrock Elementary School, Idaho Falls, Instructor: Dave Guymon, Grade: 6, $500

Students: Madalyn Moulton, Lacie Wright, Madison Burr, Rachel Veit-Holt, Abbie Youngberg, Morgan Huls

Video title: “Morrill Act Rap”

2. Rivervue Academy, Caldwell, Instructor: Joseph Palmer, Grade: 8, $300

Students: Nathan C., Kayla B., Carlos R., Joey S.

Video title: “150 Years Strong”

3. Hemingway Elementary, Ketchum, Instructor: Scott Slonim, Grade: 5, $200

Students: Sascha Leidecker,Jill Frost,Emma Madsen,Murphy Kendall,Emma MacGuffie, Antonia Avery, Maren Feltman, Savanna Rush

Video title: “Learning About the Morrill Act and What It Means To Us”

9th to 12th Grades

1. Mountain View High School, Meridian, Instructor: Mike Gartner, Grade: 12, $750

Students: Joseph Bradshaw, Henry Marx, David Ramsey, Tessa Amend, Brittanee Noland

Video title: “The Morrill Act of 1862”

2. Grace High School, Instructor: Kami Cox, Grade: 9, $500

Student: Chris Wallin

Video title: “Morrill Act”

3. Grace High School, Instructor: Kami Cox, Grade: 11 and 12, $250

Students: Miranda Tibbitts, Sierra Aplanalp, Marie Lower, Jordan Mickelson

Video title: “Morrill Act”

Alumni Choice Award

Mountain Valley Elementary, Ammon, Instructor: William Stewart Grade: 6

Video title: “We are Idaho's future...and it's bright!”

The following schools won Morrill Act Poster Contest awards.

Poster Winners:

First place: Marsing Elementary, Wendy Stamsell, $175

Second Place: Centennial Elementary School, Lewiston, Andrea Kinzer, $150

Third place: Kootenai Elementary, Kootenai, Kyla Pincher, $75

Alumni Choice Award, South Fork Elementary, Rigby, Krystina Garrido.
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