Isaiah Cota art

Brittany Capell

Calendar artwork by fifth-grade student Isaiah Cota of Tom McCall Elementary.

REDMOND — Fifth-grade student Isaiah Cota of Tom McCall Elementary was selected as one of 13 winners in a statewide annual Calendar Art Contest sponsored by Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC).

Isaiah's artwork was selected among 1,327 entries submitted to the contest showcasing Oregon's diverse agricultural and natural resource commodities.

This year, artwork was submitted by students kindergarten through sixth grade across the state in public, private, charter and homeschool education systems featuring Oregon agriculture and natural resources.

The entries received celebrated Oregon's diverse agriculture with artwork depicting a wide variety of Oregon's 220 agricultural commodities. Isaiah's artwork featured a chicken and can be viewed on the January page of the calendar. In describing the artwork, Isaiah said, "I chose to draw a chicken because I love chickens and see them in a lot of places in Oregon."

"The calendar contest is a great project for teachers and students. It gives teachers an opportunity to discuss the bounty and beauty of Oregon agriculture and incorporate art into their virtual classrooms," said Jessica Jansen, AITC Executive Director. Each month in the calendar features one of the winning student's art and each day of the year has a fact about agriculture.

The students selected to be featured in our 2021-2022 calendar received a $50 award and certificate to commemorate this honor. The winning artwork are displayed on our websites and at the Oregon State Fair which runs through Labor Day in Salem. Calendars are free to Oregon teachers, and can be ordered for just $4 on oregonaitc.org/shop.

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