Jessica Cunningham, a seventh grader at Smyrna Middle School, won first place and the $300 prize.

Smyrna Middle School students swept the top three awards at the middle school level in the 2018 Delaware Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Essay Contest. Prizes were announced Jan. 18.

Jessica Cunningham, a seventh grader at Smyrna Middle School, won first place and the $300 prize.

The second prize of $200 was won by Reaghan King, and third prize of $100 was awarded to Heather Thwin, both from Smyrna Middle School.

At the high school level, Dover High School’s Olivia Matthews won first place.

Teachers of the winning students received gift certificates from the Delaware Farm Bureau.

High school students wrote 1,000-word essays, while middle school contestants wrote 500-word essays. The topic was “Solving World Hunger.”

The contest is a project of the Delaware Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee, whose mission is to promote and protect Delaware agriculture through education and promotion.