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Winners named for essay contest

FIVE POINTS — Three winners have been announced in the Five Points School 2018 essay contest conducted by the Fredonia Heritage Association.

“What’s not yet known is their ranking – first, second or third,” said Elinor Crowder of the Fredonia Heritage Association. “The top three are Daniyah Combs, Zachery Taylor and Briana Tucker.”

Combs and Taylor are eighth graders, and Tucker is in the seventh grade.

Their ranking will be announced at a celebratory dinner to be held at 6 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 10 at the school cafeteria, hosted by the Fredonia Heritage Association. First place carries a $100 cash award, second place a $60 cash award and a $40 cash award for third place.

“The dinner recognizes the winning students as well as the volunteers who worked at Fredonia Heritage Day last November and who supported the Association’s activities through the year,” Crowder said.

Each year, the theme of Heritage Day serves as the topic for that year’s essay contest.

Since last year’s theme focused on Fredonia in the early days, the essay contest asked participants to research the local area during the last half of the 19th century and to give an account of living in a typical day during that time period.

A total of 12 students took on that challenge.

“They all did a really good, thorough job,” said George Barrow, contest chair for Fredonia Heritage. “It was really hard to pick winners. Actually, we have 12 winners because they all gained new knowledge and insight through their research and writing.”