AFA essay contest winners announced

Sunday, December 28, 2003
submitted photo Nevada High School took honors by placing first, second and third in both the 9th and 10th and 11th and 12th divisions. They are, left to right, in the 11th and 12th grade division: Billy Miller, first; John Fox, second and John Cragin, third; in the ninth and 10th grade division, Stephanie Kirkham, first; Elisha Ellis, second; and Amanda Maxwell, tied for third.

The Tri-County chapter of American Family Association is pleased to announce the winners in their recent essay contest. The contest was open to all students in grades 6 through 12 in schools in Cedar, Saint Clair and Vernon Counties. There were 198 entries.

Prizes for sixth grade entrants were $50 for first place, $25 for second and $10 for third place. In the upper class range, each first place winner received a $100 savings bond, second received a $50 savings bond and third place received $20 cash prizes. For fairer competition, the divisions were grades 7 and 8, grades 9 and 10 and grades 11 and 12 writing on separate topics.

6th grade students wrote on "What is my part in making a strong family unit?" Seventh and eighth grades wrote on "Everyone else is doing it is a good solid foundation for making decisions. Explain why or why not?" 9th and 10th grade topic was "What are the most important values a family can embrace, and why are they important?" For grades 11 and 12 the topic was "When does life begin? Give reasons for your views. How would your views affect present laws and Constitutional rights opinions?" We wish to thank each participant for their diligent efforts and depth of thought, making final selection a challenge for the judges.

Local winner in the 6th grade division was Joel Morriss from Calvary Christian school, placing first and receiving $50.
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