Proudest Kid in Piggott Winners Named

Thursday, March 19, 2015
On hand for the "Proudest Kid in Piggott" essay winner announcement were, from left: PES English teacher Carol Keys, PES Principal Leean Mann, Chamber President Brian Haley, third place winner Haley Hanners, second place winner Riley Gossett, contest winner Macey Powell and Mayor Jim Poole.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of their annual "Proudest Kid in Piggott" essay contest on Thursday, March 12.

The winning essays were picked from entries by the third grade students of Piggott Elementary School, through English teacher Carol Keys. Once again serving as judges this year was the staff of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center.

This year's first place winner is Macey Powell, second went to Riley Gossett and third place was Haley Hanners. For their effort Powell received a prize of $25, while Gossett's prize was $15 and Hanners received $10 in prize money.

Each year the local Chamber of Commerce sponsors the essay contest, and provides the prize money to the winners. In support of the local school and students, the chamber also donates an additional $50 to the third grade classes for their use.

In keeping with tradition, the essay winners were also escorted to lunch by Mayor Jim Poole and Chamber President Brian Haley, joined by Keys and PES Principal Leean Mann. This marked the first such opportunity for Poole, who took office Jan. 1, and is currently in his first term of office as mayor.

After making the official prize money presentation at PES, the group made the short trip to Los Compadres for the traditional lunch.

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