Young Writers Pen Winners

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Every November, a day is set aside for Americans to remember and honor those who have fought and died for this country.

Students in fifth through eighth grade expressed what Veterans Day means to them as their focus for their Americanism Essay contest, which is sponsored annually by the Elks. The contest is meant to promote patriotism.

Aubree Osier, Lucia Yegge and Dylan Miller placed in the Elks Americanism Essay Contest on both the local, regional and state level. Aubree's essay placed first regionally and second in the state. Lucia was the local sixth grade winner. Her essay also placed third regionally. Dylan was the local winner for the eighth grade and his essay placed first regionally and second at the state level.

Aubree Osier, Lucia Yegge and Dylan Miller placed in the Elks Americanism Essay Contest on both the local, regional and state level. Aubree’s essay placed first regionally and second in the state. Lucia was the local sixth grade winner. Her essay also placed third regionally. Dylan was the local winner for the eighth grade and his essay placed first regionally and second at the state level.

Pete Dirlam of the St. Maries Elks Lodge encourages local students to participate. The contest was open to students fro Heyburn Elementary, UpRiver Elementary, S.t Maries Middle School, Calder School, Harrison Elementary and Middle School and the Plummer-Worley school district.

“I usually go around and talk to the students and encourage them to write an essay,” Mr. Dirlam said. “And I always try to give them some ideas.”

He said this year’s essays were well done.

“I was real impressed. This was a good topic this year for them to write about. We had some really good essays,” Mr. Dirlam said.

Heyburn Elementary fifth grader Kirsten Miller was selected as the local winner for the Elks Lodge Essay contest for her grade. Her essay also placed third regionally.

Heyburn Elementary fifth grader Kirsten Miller was selected as the local winner for the Elks Lodge Essay contest for her grade. Her essay also placed third regionally.

This year the local winners were Kirsten Miller, a fifth grader at Heyburn Elementary and the daughter of Brian and Jennifer Miller; Lucia Yegge, a sixth grader at St. Maries Middle School and the daughter of John and Maria Yegge; Clayton McQuade, a seventh grader at Calder School and the son of Tom and Renee McQuade; and Dillon Miller, an eighth grader at St. Maries Middle School and the son of Brian and Jennifer Miller.

Each of the students received $25 cash. The essays were also sent to compete at the regional and state level.

Clayton McQuade was the local seventh grade winner of the Elks essay contest. He attends Calder School. He also placed second in the regional contest.

Clayton McQuade was the local seventh grade winner of the Elks essay contest. He attends Calder School. He also placed second in the regional contest.

Kirsten placed third regionally, receiving $25. Her brother, Dylan, placed first regionally and received $75. At the state level, his essay was second, and he won $50.

Lucia’s essay placed third regionally, and she received $25. This was the second year she was a local winner. Clayton’s essay placed second at the regional level, and he won $50.

The Elks Lodge is able to send three essays to be judged regionally from each division (fifth and sixth grade, seventh and eighth grade).

Even though she was not a local winner, Aubree Osier’s essay placed first regionally and second in the state. She received a total of $150. She is a seventh grader at St. Maries Middle School and is the daughter of Kenny and Jennifer Osier. Aubree won locally as a sixth grader last year.

“The total money won by the five students is by far the highest amount from the St. Maries Elks Lodge in the last ten years and perhaps ever,” Mr. Dirlam said.

The students were honored at the Elks Mother’s Day Brunch. Each essay was printed in the May 7 print edition of the St. Maries Gazette Record.

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