SYLACAUGA, Ala. – On Monday, representatives of Nemak and the B.B. Comer Memorial Library awarded prizes to the Sylacauga Marble Festival Poster Contest winners.

Nelda Vogel, the Systems Librarian, Steve Barlow, Nemak Human Resources Manager Alabama Operations, and John Parrish, Nemak Human Resources Operations Sr. Specialist went to six different schools in the Sylacauga area to award prizes for the Poster Contest winners. The Poster Contest was sponsored by Nemak this year, and Barlow and Parrish presented the prize money. First place winners received $25, second place winners received $15, and third place received $10. The teacher with the most student participation also won a prize.

The first school to be awarded was Fayetteville. There were two winners for each place. The winners from left to right were Ramsey Lansford – 1st Place, Eli Martin – 2nd Place, Gabe Cook – 3rd Place, Catherine King – 1st Place, Marley Williams – 3rd Place, Charlotte Kelley – 2nd Place. Back row left to right is Steve Barlow, Ms. Machen, and John Parrish.

The second school was Pinecrest Elementary School. Pictured are John Parrish, Ms. Epperson, Kariyah Fowler – 1st Place, Ethan Pruitt – 2nd Place, and Kason Kite – 3rd Place. On the back row from left to right are Principal Julie Green and Steve Barlow.

Knollwood Christian School was the next school to be awarded. There were two winners for each place at Knollwood, one for Kindergarten through 2nd Grade and one for 3rd Grade through 5th Grade. On the front row, the winners from right to left were Zac Abernathy – 1st Place 3rd – 5th, Anderson Adair – 3rd Place 3rd – 5th, Andrea Wright – 2nd Place K-2nd, Ethan Butler – 2nd Place 3rd – 5th, Colton Odom – 3rd Place K- 2nd, and Tynley Best – 1st Place K- 2nd. On the back row are John Parrish and Steve Barlow.

The Poster Group stopped at Sycamore Elementary School next to award winners from 3rd through 5th Grade. The winners pictured are Ms. King, Cole Wright – 2nd Place, Kynadi Garrett – 1st Place, and Kaelyn Butler – 3rd Place, Steve Barlow and John Parrish.

Indian Valley Elementary School was the next stop for the award winners. IVES had the most participation out of all the schools. Pictured are Belle Turley – 2nd Place, John Parrish, Owen Green – 1st Place, Steve Barlow, Chase Corey – 3rd Place, and Ms. Hassell.

The last school was B.B. Comer Elementary School. There were two awards for each place, one for Kindergarten through 2nd Grade, and one for 3rd Grade through 5th Grade. Pictured from left to right on the front row are Ms. McDaniel, Isabella Letcher – 3rd Place 3rd – 5th Grade, Anna Claire Spradley – 2nd Place 3rd – 5th Grade, Adelyn Robinson – 1st Place K – 2nd, and Kathryn Bailey – 2nd Place K – 2nd. On the back row from left to right are John Parrish, Delilah Reid – 1st Place 3rd – 5th, Addison Wilson – 3rd Place 3rd – 5th, and Steve Barlow.

All the winner’s posters will be displayed at the B.B. Comer Memorial Library for the entire month of April. “We want to support the students of our community, and we feel a responsibility to do that,” said John Parrish. “We want to involve them not only in our business, but all the businesses that make Sylacauga what it is, and marble is a big part of that.”

“Our core value of respect and responsibility plays into our responsibility to the local community, and Nemak is honored to be a part of that,” said Steve Barlow.

“We work with Dr. Ted Spears, the Marble Festival sponsor and chairman, in presenting the posters to the school,” said Nelda Vogel.

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