Eric Riggs, a rising tenth-grade student at Southeast Bulloch High School, is the winner of the Georgia Forestry Foundation’s (GFF) 2014 Forestry: A Foundation for Our Future Artwork and Slogan Contest in the 9th through 12th Grade Category. GFF awarded Riggs and SEBHS a prize package valued at $35,000. More than 1000 students statewide participated and Riggs’ artwork was selected from 56 entries that were chosen to be judged.
Representatives from the GFF, including Foundation Chairwoman Jody Strickland, Contest Committee’s Chairwoman Wanda Barrs, and several local and state leaders in the state’s forestry industry, hosted a reception in Statesboro to honor Riggs and SEBHS faculty prior to the Bulloch County Board of Education’s meeting on June 12. During the meeting Barrs presented Riggs a ceremonial check for the prize package’s total amount, which includes a $2,500 for Riggs and $15,000 for SEBHS with the remaining prize package to include several other opportunities for Riggs, SEBHS teachers a field trip and other items.
Riggs, his parents and two SEBHS faculty members have been invited, all expenses paid, to attend an awards ceremony on Sunday, July 20 at the Georgia Forestry Association’s Annual Conference on Hilton Head Island.