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Eastside Elementary fifth-grader wins essay contest

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A local elementary student recently won the "David Deuter Memorial Fifth-Grade Essay Contest."

Eastside Elementary School fifth-grader Kerstie Shaw was one of five county winners selected this year.

Other winners included Parke County winner Rockville Elementary School student Kegan Wimsett, Sullivan County Carlisle Elementary School student Kalee Lewis, Vermillion County winner North Vermillion Elementary School student Haley West and the Vigo County winner Samantha Marcotte, from Hoosier Prairie Elementary School.

On July 16, 1998, Indiana State Police Master Trooper David Deuter was killed in the line of duty on the Indiana Toll Road in Lagrange County.

A semi-tractor trailer hit Deuter as he talked with the occupants of a vehicle regarding their speed and the safety of their children.

During his life, he was known as a man of his word, one who would do anything for his family, his friends and his fellow officers.

He was a family man, who was adored by his wife, his daughters and friendly to all who knew him.

In 1999, an essay contest in his name was established to honor his memory.

The contest now requires all participants to write an essay on "what being a good citizen means to me."

Every January, essay contest invitations are sent out to all Indiana Elementary Schools. Throughout the years, thousands of Hoosier fifth-graders have taken part in the contest and each year, one winner is selected from each county.

Following that, a statewide winner and two runners-up are selected from the county winners.

The statewide winner receives a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond.

The second-place recipient receives $750 in bonds and the third-place finisher receives $500 in bonds. All of the rest receive $100 in bonds.

All county/state finalists, their families and school officials are then invited to a statewide awards program at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

For more information regarding the program, call the Indiana Troopers Association at 1-800-671-9851 or log on to www.trooper.org.

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