A continuation of the year long 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Kiwanis Eddie Essay Celebration was culminated at the Tenth Grade Awards Ceremony on Dec. 3.
Through sponsorship the Boyne City Kiwanis Club has given away $14,800 to local charities since the first Contest held on May 18, 2006.
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.
The Eddie Essay Contest is designed to pass on the spirit of an ordinary person doing extra-ordinary things for “one child and one community at a time.”
Students from Boyne Falls 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?” The mission of the Eddie Essay Project is for students to learn more about local charitable organizations and to become involved in giving back to the Boyne Area Community.
A committee of Kiwanis members evaluated the essays on the basis of content, spelling, grammar and sentence structure as well as the students’ personal experiences and knowledge of the organization.
The winners, their teacher and their families were invited to the Boyne City Education Center for breakfast served by the Boyne City Hospitality Program.
They were joined by representatives from the charitable organizations featured in their essays.
The Honorable Mention Students, all from Boyne City High School, are: Allyson Dobrowalski, Women’s Resource Center; Quentin Nottage, Community Christmas; Aliccia Stafford, Boyne Area Free Clinic; Alexis Weaver, Joppa House; and Elizabeth Yell, Northern MI Equine Therapy.
Each of these students presented their organization with a check for $100.
The school winner from Boyne Falls, Michael Whennen II, wrote about Camp Quality. He describes Camp Quality and their service to children with cancer as “they care for them like a mother to a child.”
When in fifth Grade, Anna Harmeling from Boyne City won the Silver Award. Her essay was about the Mary Margaret House.
Now as a 10th-grader, she again inspired us with her empathy for homeless individuals and the mission of the Mary Margaret House.
Each of these students presented $200 to their chosen charity.
This year, Kiwanis had a tie for the Grand Silver Prize Award. Autumn Rosselit from Boyne City wrote about the critical assistance that Third Level Crisis Intervention Center provides the community. A counselor from Third Level comes to Boyne City High School once a week.
Jordan Herman from Boyne Falls wrote about the joy-filled work Community Christmas does for so many families.
He commented “I just gave a child a Christmas he may have never gotten without Community Christmas.” Each of these students was able to present $250 to their favorite charity.
The Gold Grand Prize was awarded to Andrew Yang from Boyne City School.
Andrew wrote about the work of the Manna Project, specifically in relation to the newly opened Good Neighbors Food Pantry.
In his essay, he wrote, “Thank you for lifting the weight off people’s shoulders. Thank-you for showing us the better half of the world.”
Because of the generosity of our donors, and in celebration of the 10th Anniversary Year, Andrew was able to present $1000 to the Good Neighbors Food Pantry.
The students never cease to inspire with their desire to help others.
They touch our hearts and bring tears to our eyes for the understanding they have of giving without expecting in return. These essay winners are our leaders for tomorrow.
Following the Kiwanis motto they have and will “Make a difference one child and one community at a time!”
Kiwanis members are grateful to the two schools that participated in this year’s contest, as well as all our sponsors who help make this event so successful.
Expressing her pride in the students caring for others, Julie Gudmunsen presented each of the 10 winning students with a gift from Huntington Bank.
Since the inception of the Eddie Essay Contest in 2006, Huntington Bank has generously donated a gift to each of the winning essayist.
During the Awards Ceremony, Kiwanis of Boyne City presented a $500 check to the Damian Vondra Foundation in honor of our beloved member Ed Vondra.
Ed was one of our charter members, and was passionate about the Kiwanis Mission.
He was always present for the events we sponsored. His commitment to the Eddie Essay Contest was evidence of his deep desire to “change one child and one community at a time.”
Get more info on Kiwanis Eddie Essay Contest by contacting Bernadette Beyer at 582-0670.
Lean more about Kiwanis of Boyne by joining members at their weekly 7 a.m. Thursday meeting at Robert’s Restaurant.
Or, call Kiwanis President Ruth Skop at (231) 582-3416.