Local Students Win Elks Essay Contest

Fifty-two local area students participated in the National Elks Essay Contest hosted by Lodge 1795 in November.  The theme of the contest was “What Veterans Day Means to Me!”

Chaired by Elk Jan Foley and co-chaired by Bill Garrett, the contest was a way to reach and teach students about the importance of the observance of Veterans Day on November 11th of each year and of honoring our Veterans.  The winners were:

5th and 6th Grade Category  

First Place – Austin Vandyne
Second Place – Madeline Castro
Third Place – Jabari Clayton (not pictured)

7th and 8th Grade Category

First Place – Makell Burbidge
Second Place – Carrie R. Jenkins
Third Place – Olivia Williams

An award ceremony, attended by Elks, the winners, and their parents was held at the lodge in December.   All winners will be entered into the state competition with winners from other Florida lodges.

“The event was a huge success,” said Garrett.