2016 fifth-grade Eddie Essay winners, finalists announced

The 11th Annual 5th Grade Eddie Essay Awards Ceremony was hosted by the Boyne City Kiwanis Club on May 5.

Through sponsorship the Boyne City Kiwanis Club has given away $16,400 to local charities since the first Contest was held on May 18, 2006.

This contest is held in honor of Ed Hughes, the brother of 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, Concord Academy Boyne and Boyne City Schools 5th 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?”

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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 1 -2 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 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 Honorable Mention Students (all from Boyne City Middle School) are Sophie Bergquist – Women’s Resource Center; Charlotte Brewer – Alcoholics Anonymous; Savannah Kroondyk – Boyne District Library and Mya Pofahl – Community Christmas. Each of these students presented their organization with a check for $100.

The school winner from Boyne City, Will Brown, wrote about Camp Daggett.

He stated: “Those kids who cannot afford the full tuition don’t worry about if they’re going to get into Camp Daggett, their worry, in many cases is if they will get food tonight or lunch tomorrow.”

Kaliah Lightfoot from Boyne Falls wrote about Northern Michigan Equine Therapy.

Kaliah took the initiative to call and interview the owner, Courtney Sumpter, and then shared with us what she learned about use of “hippotherapy”. Jagger Peck from Concord Academy Boyne wrote about Community Christmas and his first hand experience of shopping and packing the gifts for families to have “the Christmas they deserve’.

Each of these school winners presented $150 to their charity.

Morgan Cantrell, the Silver Grand Prize winner, is from Concord Academy Boyne.

She wrote about the important work of the Grand Traverse Dyslexia Association. She described her sister (who has dyslexia) as “the sweetest little girl you could ever meet.”

She went on to write about Albert Einstein who “lived his life with dyslexia and still became one of the world’s greatest inventors.

Even if you have dyslexia, you can do amazing things.” Morgan was able to present $250 to her favorite charity.

The Gold Grand Prize was awarded to Liam LaFave from Boyne City School.

Liam wrote about Challenge Mountain from the personal experience of guiding his sister, Taylor, down the hill.

“Whenever I see her coming down the hill she always has a smile on her face.” He concludes with stating “Challenge Mountain is probably the kindest place I’ve ever been to…besides Disney World.”

Liam proudly presented $500 to Challenge Mountain to help make dreams come true for children and adults with disabilities!

Each year the students never cease to inspire us 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 anything 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 three 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, Cathy Goforth presented each of the nine 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 essayists.


Anyone looking for more information on the Kiwanis Eddie Essay Contest can contact Bernadette Beyer at 582-0670.

To learn more about Kiwanis Club of Boyne City, join members for the weekly Thursday 7 a.m. meeting at Robert’s Restaurant or contact Kiwanis President Ruth Skop at 582-3416.

The honorable mentions of the Eddie Essay Contest (above) each presented a check for $100 to their organization of choice. They are pictured here (left to right) presenting the checks to their organizations: Sophie Berquist for the Women’s Resource Center, Charlotte Brewer for Alcoholics Anonymous, Mya Pofahl for Boyne Area Community Christmas, and Savannah Kroondyk for the Boyne District Library.  PHOTO BY CHRIS FAULKNOR/COPYRIGHT BOYNE CITY GAZETTE

The honorable mentions of the Eddie Essay Contest (above) each presented a check for $100 to their organization of choice. They are pictured here (left to right) presenting the checks to their organizations: Sophie Berquist for the Women’s Resource Center, Charlotte Brewer for Alcoholics Anonymous, Mya Pofahl for Boyne Area Community Christmas, and Savannah Kroondyk for the Boyne District Library. PHOTO BY CHRIS FAULKNOR/COPYRIGHT BOYNE CITY GAZETTE

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