O’Gorek takes First-Place win in Essay Contest

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Cassville seventh-grader Ava O’Gorek recently took First Place and $100 in prize money for her 300-word essay entitled ‘America’s Greatest Heroes.’ The essay contest was sponsored by the Holiday Island, Ark., Elks Lodge 1042 Americanism Committee. Pictured in photo, from left, are: Jimmie Barton, Cassville Middle School principal; Leslie McCullough, Cassville Middle School communications arts teacher; Ava O’Gorek; and Peggy Lodewyks and Dr. Ken Brown representing the Elks Lodge. Contributed photo

Ava O'Gorek, daughter of Jarrad and Johanna O'Gorek and seventh-grader at Cassville Middle School, won First Prize and $100 in Division II (seventh- and eighth-graders) for her 300-word essay entitled 'America's Greatest Heroes.'

The contest for fifth- through eighth-graders was sponsored by the Holiday Island, Ark., Elks Lodge 1042 Americanism Committee as part of the Elks National Contest, 'Why Our American Veterans Are America's Heroes.' O'Gorek competed against five schools and 75 other entries. Her essay has been forwarded for judging to the district level, then possibly to the state level for the chance to win additional prize money.

Holiday Island Americanism Committee Peggy Lodewyks, chair; Ken Brown, and Peggy Supiran presented the check and the certificates of appreciation to Jarrad O'Gorek, and her teacher, Leslie McCullough.

The Elks are one of the most premier charitable and patriotic organizations in the nation, celebrating their 150th anniversary this year. They  are committed to the mission, which states, 'So long as there are veterans, The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.' For more information about the group, visit www.elks.org.

Holiday Island, AR Elks Lodge 1042.