Wanting to inspire young people to not only learn more about their county’s history, but to also discover and appreciate all of the many interesting and beautiful sights and places it offers , the Meriwether Historical Society decided to invite 5th graders throughout the county to enter an essay contest entitled, “What I love about Meriwether County.” Students were given a number of different ideas they could write about, and the judges were very pleased with the variety of essays they received. Each school could select five essays to submit for the county-wide competition. The essays were divided into two categories: those that were research-based and those written from a personal perspective in narrative form. Over $200 dollars in cash prizes were awarded to the winners.
Research Based Essays Winners: First Place: Maci Gibson-Mt. View Elementary, Second Place: Seab Massey-Mt. View Elementary, Third Place: Sarah Harper-Mt. View Elementary, Fourth Place: Destiny Bonds-Unity Elementary..
Narrative Essays: First Place: Gracyn Fuller-Flint River Academy, Second Place: Beau Britt-Flint River Academy, Third Place:Haylee Evans-Flint River Academy, Fourth Place: Conner Blount-Flint River Academy.
The historical society was pleased that three of the county’s four schools submitted essays and that each of the competing schools had at least one winner. Besides the cash prizes awarded the winners, each school received an additional copy of the Historical Account of Meriwether County, 1827-1974 for its library.