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September 22, 2012

Omega student meets President Jimmy Carter

TIFTON — A student at Omega Elementary School had the opportunity to meet former President Jimmy Carter in Americus after she was entered into an art contest by her teacher and won first place in her grade.

Teacher Carla Denham said fifth grader Britney Garcia, 11, participated in the Digging Peanuts in Plains Post Card Contest, which is co-sponsored by The Peanut Institute and the Jimmy Carter NHS Education Program.

She stated that there were over 8,000 participants and Garcia took first place in fifth grade in the whole state of Georgia.

Garcia received a certificate, medal, large copy of her post card and a signed book by Carter, as well as had the honor of meeting him. Garcia’s post card and all other winning grade level post cards will be on display at Plains High School Museum through January 2013.

Denham said she noticed that Garcia was extraordinary in drawing and she thought that the contest would be great for her. She noted that she learned about the contest through an e-mail from Principal Victoria Melton.

She stated that she explained the rules of the contest to Garcia, which were that her drawing had to have a peanut and something to do with America. She also discussed with her about Carter, who served as the 39th President of the United States and grew up in the small farming town of Plains.

“I gave her an index card and she went back to her desk and drew it,” Denham said. “She took the project on herself.”

She and Counselor Nerily Lopez said Garcia’s post card drawing of the peanut resembled Uncle Sam holding the American flag. Also, there were fireworks drawn around the peanut.

“One thing she said was that she liked Katy Perry,” Denham stated. “That’s why she put the fireworks.”

Also, under the patriotic drawing were the words: “You can’t top a 39th peanut.”

Lopez stated, “She has come a long way. Due to the language barrier, she didn’t talk much, but she’s crossed that barrier. We are very proud of her. She loves to draw and has been drawing for a long time.”

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