Elks Essay Contest Winners

Three Hawthorne students hold their awards after winning the 2019 Sweet Home Elks’ Americanism Essay Contest, presented during sixth-grade graduation exercises by Past Exalted Ruler Terry Layman, left. From left, the winners, all sixth-graders, are Kayence Egner and Laird Pettner of Pete Saveskie’s class, and Conner Stevens of Mike Long’s class. The three received certificates and checks, with equal amounts going to their teachers. The contest is open to fifth- through eighth-graders in two divisions. This year’s topic was “What Makes You Proud of America?”