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Fender, Cox Are Essay Winners
April 4, 2007 - Two Knightstown Intermediate School students were recently honored for their submissions to the Mental Health America (MHA) of Henry County essay contests.
KIS fifth grader Cassandra Cox and sixth grader Libbie Fender were among eight Henry County students recognized during a special awards program last Thursday at Mancino's in New Castle. Cox, daughter of Glenn and Yvette Cox of Knightstown, received the Director's Choice award, which included a $50 savings bond, for her essay on bullying, taunting and unwanted teasing. Fender, daughter of Mike and T.J. Fender of Knightstown, was selected as one of the four sixth grade finalists for her essay about the person who has influenced her most, her grandmother.
Megumi Kajiyama, a student at New Castle's Westwood Elementary received the Director's Choice award given to the top sixth grade essayist. Other student finalists included fifth graders Hailey Adams (Eastwood Elem.), Morgan Johnson (Shenandoah Elem.) and Caitlin Metzger (Shenandoah Elem.), and Wilbur Wright Elementary sixth graders Katie Madden and Shelby Orr.
Ken Pew, the MHA's interim director, told The Banner that there were approximately 300 essays submitted for this year's contest. He said the nine judges who reviewed the essays did not have an easy task due to the high quality of the students' work. The essay contest was supported in part by donations from Ameriana Bank, Citizens State Bank, Star Financial Bank and through a grant from the Henry County United Fund.
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