Peabody youth places 2nd in state essay contest

Peabody Junior High student Andrew Topham received an award from Gov. Bill Graves for his entry in the League of Kansas Municipalities’ “If I Were Mayor’ essay contest Jan. 24 in the Capitol.

The contest was part of LKM’s City Hall Day at the Capitol, an event which drew more than 200 municipal leaders from across the state to meet with their state representatives and senators and discuss issues of local importance.

Topham was the winner for the South Central Region. Robi Alstrom is his teacher.

Gov. Graves declared Lakin’s Trevor Waechter the grand-prize winner. After the announcement, Waechter read his essay to attendees of the event, from whom he received a standing ovation.

Six seventh graders from across the state were selected as regional winners from the nearly 900 entries submitted from 105 communities.

Waechter was the winner in the state’s South West Region. He attends Lakin Middle School and his teacher is Tony Helfrich.

The contest asked students to explain what they would do if they were the mayor of their city. Entries were judged according to creativity, clarity, sincerity of thought and proper use of grammar.

Event attendees also heard presentations by Gov. Graves, Senate President Dave Kerr, House Speaker Kent Glasscock, Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley and House Minority Leader Jim Garner.

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