Lodi Elks Lodge No. 1900 held a student award presentation luncheon for local students on May 18. The lodge awarded the top three 8th grade students of the Americanism Essay Contest, all of whom came from Lodi Christian School, with gifts, a flag and cash.
This essay contest was open to all 8th graders in the Lodi area. Contest rules were sent to all middle schools. The Lodge also presented $14,900 in scholarships to the top six high school students (three boys and three girls) for their academic achievement. All students were presented with certificates of achievement.
Elk volunteers judged the Americanism essays on sentence structure, content, spelling, neatness, sticking to the theme and staying within the guidelines provided in the rules. Other Elk volunteers judged the scholarship students’ essays with the same criteria as above and in addition to their financial need, grade point average and community involvement. In both cases judges had no knowledge of the student’s race or gender or school.
The students and their counselors or teachers enjoyed a nice lunch which was cooked by Julie Traxler along with helpers Mike and Eileen Dugan, Bob Owen, Carolyn Greeson, Jay Anema, Suzanne Henderson and Susan Sanchez. All other participating 8th grade students of the Americanism Essay Contest who did not place were given ice cream certificates at their schools by Susan Sanchez, Americanism chairperson.
At the local level first place scholarship winners were Kelsey O’Donoghue and Addison Howe. Second place scholarship winners were Miranda O’Mahony and Patrick Cunningham. Third place scholarship winners were Andrew Barnes and Emily Yamane. At the district level the winners were Barnes and O’Donoghue.
At the State level the winners were O’Donoghue, Yamane, Cunningham and Howe. At the National level the winners were O’Donoghue and Barnes, both of whom will go on to compete against other United States scholarship winners for a paid four year scholarship.
In addition, Joe Zakhary, an 8th grade student from Lodi Christian School, was a District winner and was presented an additional $250 cash award.
— Source: Eileen Dugan
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