‘Making a New Friend’ wins essay contest

Fifth-grader Alexa Thompson’s final sentence of her essay was met with a rousing round of applause as she stood behind the podium at the Kapaa Rotary Club meeting.

Thompson recently won first place in the Kapa‘a Rotary Club’s Four-Way Test Essay Contest with her story of befriending a girl at school who was being teased by a group of boys. For her win, she received a $300 U.S. savings bond.

Second and third-prize wins went to Serene Hope and Kristina Ragusante who were also in attendance and received savings bonds.

Dan Spriggs, Vice Principal for Kapa‘a Elementary School and Vocational Service Director for the Kapaa Rotary Club, said the club received about 65 essays this year from Kapa‘a Elementary School fifth-graders.

To fit the “Four-Test” criteria, the essays must have fit in the four categories: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendship? and Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

• Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or lcabalo@kauaipubco.com.

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