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Staunton student wins essay contest

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Staunton Elementary fifth-grader Hanna Barnett was recognized for winning the Clay County division of the Indiana State Police Dave Deuter Essay Contest from ISP Public Information Officer Sgt. Joe Watts Wednesday. Ivy Jackson Photo. [Order this photo]
Do you know what it means to be a good citizen? Staunton Elementary fifth-grader Hanna Barnett's thoughts on good citizenship helped her win the 13th annual 2009 Indiana State Police Dave Deuter Essay Contest.

Hanna, the daughter of Amanda and Gregg Barnett, Staunton, was shocked to find out she won during the award ceremony at school Wednesday morning.

"I'm really surprised that I won," the excited 11-year-old told The Brazil Times after receiving a certificate of recognition from ISP Public Information Officer Sgt. Joe Watts. "This is exciting."

Watts said Hanna would join essay winners from the other 91 counties in Indiana later this year at an awards ceremony in Indianapolis, where they each will be presented with an engraved plaque and a $500 US Savings Bond. However, there is more potential for Barnett's essay to be recognized.

"The top four runner-ups will then be announced and presented $750 savings bonds," Watts said. "And then a state winner will be selected, who will receive a $1,000 savings bond."

During the past 13 years, the program has provided more than $350,000 in savings bonds and other awards to fifth-grade students throughout the state.

"This is a great opportunity to build a rapport between our officers and the students," Watts said.

Hanna, who's looking forward to attending North Clay Middle School in the fall, admits to looking a little further into her future.

When asked about a career choice, she said, "I've thought about becoming a police officer."

About the contest

The Indiana State Police Dave Deuter Essay Contest is named in honor of Master Trooper David Deuter who was killed in the line of duty July 16, 1998.

Every January, fifth-grade students in all 92 counties in Indiana are encouraged to write 100-word essays on the topic of "What being a good citizen means to me."

Essays are judged on originality, neatness, spelling and grammar.

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We are proud of you.

Grandpa & Grandma

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, May 28, 2009, at 2:15 PM

Good Job!!!

-- Posted by reader-n-iraq on Thu, May 28, 2009, at 8:12 PM

Hanna I am so proud of you and your ability to write this essay and win! I always loved reading your papers you wrote in class. Besides writing about being a good citizen, you are a good example of what a good citizen is and have always had a wonderful and caring heart. Keep being a great example at North Clay, have fun in Indy with the other winners, and alays remember to SMILE.

Mrs. G

-- Posted by greenwooe on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 6:13 PM

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