August 11, 2022
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South Dakota 2012 Foundations For Life essay winners announced

The South Dakota CHARACTER COUNTS! project and the South Dakota 4-H Foundation announced the winners of the 2012 Foundations For Life essay contest.

More than 120 students took part in the state contest that encouraged young people to choose a maxim from a predetermined list and write an essay that shows how the maxim fits into their lives. The students chose from a range of maxims such as “When one helps another, both gain in strength” and “The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.”

The winners from fourth-, seventh-, and ninth-grade classes around South Dakota included the following youth:

Fourth graders

First, Danika Gordon of Whitewood

Second, Caleb Stricherz of Watertown

Third, Hannah Heuer of Summit

Fourth, Owen Comes of Watertown

Fifth, Keaten Benson of Stolkholm

Seventh graders

First, Alex Wakeman of Brookings

Second, Marlys Stahl of Tabor

Third, Kayli Oetken of Brookings

Fourth, Kadie Roosenboom of Sioux Falls

Fifth, Haley Delaney of Brookings

Ninth graders

First, Brad Kari of Newell

Second, Kiera Leddy of Stockholm

Third, Madison VanWallegher of Letcher

Fourth, Jordan Bickel of Trail City

Fifth, Allison Buckley of Mitchell

Karelyn Farrand, 4-H Youth Character Education Field Specialist is the project coordinator of CHARACTER COUNTS!® for SDSU Extension. She said the project challenged schools to participate in the statewide “Foundations for Life” essay contest, and that eight new schools joined the project for the first time this year.

“Across South Dakota, 517 students participated in local competitions, and we were really pleased to see such a large number of writers taking this challenge,” Farrand said. “We had more than 120 essays that went from the local to the state competition and those writers represented 21 South Dakota schools.”

Donors Joe and Elaine Floyd served as judges for the competition, along with judges from Dacotah Bank and Black Hills Power Company.

Source: SDSU Extension release

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