Eddie Essay Winners

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Kiwanis Club of Boyne City through sponsorship gave away $1,250 to local charities at their Eighth Annual 10th Grade Eddie Essay Contest Awards Ceremony on Dec. 4.

This contest is held in honor of Ed Hughes, the brother of a local Kiwanis member, Bernadette Beyer. Ed’s life exemplified the spirit of giving without expecting anything in return.

Students from Boyne Falls, Concord Academy Boyne and Boyne City Schools 10th Grade Classes were given the writing prompt: “If you had $100 to give to your favorite local charity that helps people which one would it be and why?”

A committee of Kiwanis members evaluated the one- to two-page essays on the basis of content, spelling, grammar and sentence structure as well as the student’s personal experience and knowledge of the organization.

The winners, their teacher and their families were invited to the Boyne City Early Childhood Education Center for a delicious breakfast served by the Boyne City Hospitality Program. They were joined by representatives from the charitable organizations featured in their essays.

The school winners, Amber Leinonen from Boyne Falls wrote about Wounded Warriors and Hannah Chapel from Concord Academy Boyne wrote about Northern Michigan Equine Therapy. These students each presented $100 to their charity.

For the first time there was a tie for the Grand Silver Prize Award. Both students were from Boyne City High School. Payton Bauman proudly awarded $250 to the Michigan Dyslexia Institute. Then Leanne Bentley award $250 to the Nehemiah House.

The Gold Grand Prize was awarded to Katelynn Wilson from Boyne Falls School. For the past five years Katelynn has assisted with assembling the boxes for the families. She shared that as she joined the other volunteers her thoughts were: “I’m helping a family in need. This is incredible…. I picture the rosy cheeked children smiling and ripping open every present like monkeys with bananas. When I picture this in my head, it brings a chill down my spine, and I feel full of joy.”

A representative from the Boyne Area Community Christmas accepted the Gold Prize Award of $500 to be used to fulfill their Mission “That no child in the Boyne Area be without a Christmas.”

In addition to Eddie’s family and friends, local sponsors are: Charlevoix County Community Foundation, Edward Jones, Friends of Boyne District Library, Huntington Bank, Kilwin’s of Boyne City, Melrose Manufacturing, The Centre and Nancy & Ken Visser.

Contact Bernadette Beyer at 582-0670 for more info on the essay contest. Get more info about the Kiwanis Club of Boyne City by joining members for their weekly 7 a.m. Thursday meeting at Robert’s Restaurant or call (231) 330-3669.

See the winning

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