A third grade student from Harmony Elementary School won second place in the 2nd-3rd grade category in the Valley News sponsored Salute to Our Military essay contest.
Makayla Votaw and her family read about the essay contest from Ms. Boulton, Makayla’s teacher. The essay gave participants an option on what the topic of their essay should be. Students could choose to answer “Why I’m proud to be an American” or “What makes America Great?” Makayla chose to elaborate why she was proud to be an American.
In her essay, Makayla discussed her favorite things about being an American. She wrote about the freedom Americans have in comparison to other countries and the right to choose the life we live and the places we go.
Makayla said she put a lot of work into her essay. While writing, she would look information up online and even ask for people’s opinions and feedback on their opinions. Her younger sister, Mya, entered into the contest as well but was not named a top contender. The Votaw parents used this opportunity to teach their children a valuable lesson, and both of the girls are excited to enter into more writing competitions.
Makayla was able to read her essay in front of a crowd at the awards ceremony during the Salute to Our Military weekend. In addition, she was awarded a variety of prizes. Makayla said she was very happy and proud to be a part of the celebration.