Ellsworth Third-graders Win Essay Contest



ELLSWORTH — Homework assignments turned in to award-winning essays for two Charles C. Knowlton School students.

Charles C. Knowlton School third-graders Belle Albert (left) and Kenzey Tracy (right) were the winners of a Newspapers in Education essay contest about American presidents.—CYNDI WOOD
Charles C. Knowlton School third-graders Belle Albert (left) and Kenzey Tracy (right) were the winners of a Newspapers in Education essay contest about American presidents.—CYNDI WOOD

Belle Albert and Kenzey Tracy, giggly 9-year-old classmates in Helen Cochrane’s third grade class, are the winners of a Newspapers in Education essay contest on American presidents.

Their essays were published in a March 25 special supplement to the Bangor Daily News.

The essay asked third- and fourth-graders to choose a former or current president they would like to meet and explain why. Cochrane assigned the essay to her students in February and submitted their papers to the contest.

Belle said she decided to write about John Adams because he and his son, John Quincy Adams, were the only presidents of the first 12 who did not own slaves.

Kenzey also tackled racial issues in her essay on Lincoln. She said she would ask the 16th president if it was worth dying for what he believed in. She related Lincoln’s courage to people in her own life.

This year, the Newspapers in Education contest received more than 2,000 entries from students throughout the state.

For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

Nicole Ouellette

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