Boyne City Kiwanis 2016 winter Eddie Essay contest

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The Eleventh Annual 10th Grade Eddie Essay Awards Ceremony was hosted by the Boyne City Kiwanis Club on Dec. 15. Through sponsorship the Boyne City Kiwanis Club gave away $1600 to local charities.

Since the inception of the Contest in 2006 the Club has presented $18,000 to 57 local charities.

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 extraordinary things for “one child and one community at a time.”

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?”

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 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 Educational Center & Administrative Offices 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 High School) are: Zach Buckmeier – Alcoholics Anonymous; Katie Harmeling – Camp Quality; Hali Marr – The Shoe Club and Haley Shampine – Cancer Crusaders.

Each of these students presented their organization with a check for $100.

The school winner from Boyne City, Emily Mansfield, wrote about Boyne Area Free Clinic. Emily shared about her grandpa, Dr. Richard Mansfield (who founded the Clinic) and the mission to “make sure everyone got the medical services they needed, no matter their financial state.”

Sydney Bess from Boyne Falls wrote about the Michigan Dyslexia Institute and her “struggle.”

She shared a quote from the Daily News: “Dyslexia is not a pigeonhole to say you can’t do anything. It is an opportunity and a possibility to learn differently.”

Zoey Henigan from Concord Academy Boyne wrote about Community Christmas stating, “I was one of those families that had been given a Christmas that I was told I would not have.”

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

The overall Silver Prize winner, Marlena Danielle Wermuth from Concord Academy Boyne wrote about the important work that the Angel Ambassadors do for our veterans.

Marlena stated, “I have never seen someone care for anyone like they do for our veterans and their community, and on that note, I’m proud to be an Angel Ambassador.”

She then proudly presented them with a check for $250.

The Gold Grand Prize was awarded to Cora Hauger from Boyne City School.

Cora bravely shared her story about how the Red Cross touched her life when her mother was in a fatal car crash.

Cora expressed “the blood collected from many people by The Red Cross provided my mother with blood … long enough for us to get one last glimpse of the twinkle in those bright blue eyes.”

Because of the generosity of our donors, Cora was able to present $500 to the Red Cross. 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 in return. These essay winners are our leaders for tomorrow.

Following the Kiwanis motto they have and will “Make a difference one child & 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 essayist.

Anyone looking for more information on the Kiwanis Eddie Essay Contest can contact Bernadette Beyer at 582-0670. Those wanting to learn more about the Kiwanis Club of Boyne City can join members for their weekly Thursday 7a.m. meeting at Robert’s Restaurant or contact Kiwanis President Ruth Skop at 582-3416.