Proudest Kid recognized at PES

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Proudest Kid winners Hannah Pritchett, Emma Graddy and Trey Cavaness with Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce president Wanda Morris and Mayor Gerald Morris

Emma Graddy was recognized Wednesday, March 14, as "The Proudest Kid in Piggott" during a special ceremony held at Piggott Elementary School.

Emma was chosen as the winner of the annual "Proudest Kid" third grade essay contest. The daughter of Lora and Sean Graddy of Piggott, Emma is a student in Mrs. Cathy Coyle's third grade class at Piggott Elementary.

In her winning essay, Emma shared some of her favorite things about Piggott. She pointed out "there are so many places to be, but Piggott is special."

Emma also pointed out the spirit of the community, taking pride in the traditions such as the Fourth of July Picnic and Parade.

The essay contest is sponsored each spring by the Piggott Chamber of Commerce in an effort to build pride in the community. Emma was presented with her first place certificate by Piggott Mayor Gerald Morris and Chamber of Commerce president Wanda Morris.

There was no denying which students were selected in the "Proudest Kid" competition, as the three top selections sported beaming smiles. Mayor Morris also presented certificates to Trey Cavaness, the son of Billy and Shawna Cavaness of Greenway, for second place, and Hannah Pritchett, the daughter of Josh and Tambra Speer, for third place in the contest.

"I think this is a wonderful program," Mayor Morris said. "For one thing, it's a good thought tickler for kids. It makes them think about the things we are able to offer in a small community like Piggott. It helps them realize what they like about living here. I think it serves to give them more of an introduction to the services, programs, events and people we have here. It helps them realize the things we have here that make Piggott unique."

Following the presentation of certificates, the three young writers joined the mayor, elementary principal Leean Mann and third grade teacher Marilyn Wellman for lunch at The Piggott Diner. The special lunch with the mayor has been a popular tradition of the contest.

"It (the lunch) is something the kids look forward to each year," Mann said. "The lunch with the mayor is a prize in itself. It's a neat opportunity, and the kids always talk about it when we do the 'Proudest Kid' contest."

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