Second Grader from Ezell Wins Essay Contest And Scholarship

Maggie Gibson, a second grader at Ezell Harding Christian School, won a second place prize in a civics essay contest that includes entries from across the state of Tennessee.

The contest was part of a civic engagement program sponsored by the office of Tennessee’s Secretary of State, Tre Hargett. Maggie was awarded with a $250 TNStars 529 College Savings Program scholarship and will visit the State Capitol in the spring.

Maggie’s contest entry was an essay and a drawing illustrating the importance of voting.

Maggie was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about her essay and her reaction when she received the news that she had won. Maggie, please tell our readers why you think it’s important for citizens to vote.

Maggie: “It is important to vote because it gives people a voice.” When you and your family received the news that you had won the second place prize how did you celebrate?

Maggie: “My teacher called my mom and told her the good news. When my mom told me I was so excited that I started crying. I called family members to tell them the exciting news. ” What do you want to be when you grow up?

Maggie: “When I grow up I want to be an artist.”

Congratulations, Maggie.  Your school and your community are very proud of you.