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An essay about the U.S. Farm Bill has earned a Eudora student a trip to the national finals for the Dear Mr. President Essay Contest sponsored by Rand McNally. Eudora High School freshman Tucker Gabriel and a guest will enjoy a free trip to Washington, D.C., later this month.
Eudora extended learning teacher Barbie Hartwell said more than 8,000 essays were submitted for the competition from middle and high school students from across the country. As one of just ten finalists, he will be honored in an awards ceremony on Feb. 17. If his essay is selected as the winner, he will also receive a $5,000 college savings award and have the opportunity to be published in USA Today.
“We are so proud of Tucker,” Hartwell said. “Because his essay topic is so personal to him, he feels very strongly about it. Tucker has always strived for success, and it’s great to see him being rewarded for his dedication and hard work.”
Gabriel, who has grown up on a family farm and is active in the FFA, used his persuasive essay to show how the percentage of funds available for farmers and ranchers is a small percentage of the $19.173 billion provided under the federal farm bill. He asked the president to help farmers and ranchers by increasing the funding and making crop insurance easier to access.
The national Dear Mr. President essay contest is designed to inspire young people in grades seven through 12 and to advance writing skills through meaningful, relevant instruction. The contest encourages students to celebrate the democratic process in the United States through original persuasive writing on each writer’s topic of choice.