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May 30, 2006

‘Laws of Life’ winners announced

Winners of the “Laws of Life” essay contest were announced at a recent Meridian School Board meeting.

Students from Meridian High School, Northwest Junior High School, Kate Griffin Junior High School, Magnolia Middle School and Crestwood Elementary School competed in the contest. Each winner was presented a Bonita Lakes Mall gift card and a copy of Best of the Laws of Life Essay Contest ... Year Three, which featured their winning essay.

Winners in the Senior High Division were: Itzel Meneses, first place; Lon Burt, second place; and Michael Johnston, third place.

Winners in the Junior High Division were: Korede Stennis, first place; Katherine Forester, second place; Chiquita Edwards, third place; and Ladena Mosley, honorable mention.

Winners in the Middle School Division were: Djarrah Alexander, first place; Tre’ Brown, second place; Trent Patterson, third place; and Cliff Allred and Malia Pryor, honorable mention.

Winners in the Elementary Division were: Jaz Martin, first place; Amber Hawk, second place; and Henry Scott Jr. and Destiny Rigdon, tied for third place.

An ongoing project during the second semester of the school year, the contest has allowed fifth- through 11th-grade English students a unique opportunity to examine which ideals and values are important to them. They have written about lessons learned on how to live more meaningful lives.

Teachers are vital to the contest’s success. School district teachers who participated in the contest were Diane Freeman, Meridian High School; Liz Michael, Kate Griffin; Vicki Hatcher, Northwest Junior High School; Frances White and Shannon Eldridge, Magnolia Middle School; and Fern Hedglin, Crestwood Elementary.

The “Laws of Life” format encourages and facilitates the best kind of activity in youth. By examining and testing the makeup of their belief structure, each participant is one step closer to an essential realization regarding the nature of personal character.

Since its creation, contests have been launched across the United States and around the world. The contest has been endorsed by the National Association of Secondary Principals and the Character Education Partnership.

“Laws of Life” was sponsored by Meridian Public School District counselors and the Character Education Program. The program was financially sponsored by Deanna Wilbourn through Citizens National Bank.

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