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Sophie Lind wins first place in state essay contest

June 28, 2011
Pierce County Tribune

Sophie Lind,10, Ely Elementary School, won first place in the 2011 Bully Expedition Essay Contest held this spring.

She was notified on May 26 that she had won a $300 college scholarship in the form of a savings bond, and a Bully Vacation Package which included a night's stay at the Badlands Motel, Pitchfork Steak Fondue tickets, Medora Musical tickets, mini golf and a Teddy Roosevelt Teddy Bear.

On Tuesday, June 14, she attended Fourth Grader's Day in Medora where she and all 50 fourth graders who attended from across the state received a Medora Musical ticket, a Bully the Play ticket, Medora bandana, ice cream, a Medora Vacation Journal and a Bully Fun pass. The winners were announced and recognized just before the Medora Musical.

Lind said she decided to participate in the essay contest in March because it looked interesting. Fourth graders had two prompts to choose from for their essays. 1. "I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota." --Theodore Roosevelt. What about growing up in North Dakota would help you be a good president? and 2. North Dakota is a beautiful place because...

Lind chose the president question. She and her parents discussed what a president's job is. After learning that, Lind decided what issues she would include in the essay. She had a limit of 300 words, so she needed to choose her words carefully.

"We really enjoyed reading your essay," the judges told Lind in a letter. "We were impressed by your unique ideas and elegant writing style."

Lind was accompanied by her mom, Michele, and two friends, Anni Stier and Macy Twamley.

"My favorite part was playing mini-golf with my friends," said Lind.

The girls participated in a scavenger hunt, played mini-golf, and attended the Medora Musical at the end of a long fun day.

So, does she want to be a writer when she grows up? "I want to be a clothes designer," responded Lind with a smile.

She encourages other students to enter the writing contest. It was a good experience for her.

She is the daughter of Jeff and Michele Lind, Rugby.



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