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NEWS RELEASE: Two Alton 8th Graders Award Winners at Hardin County Conservation Essay Contest

Grace Hilton and Mady Hunley

VINE GROVE, KY- JTA 8th Graders Grace Hilton and Mady Hunley were presented with awards at the Hardin County Conservation Essay Contest Banquet on Monday Night. Hunley was tied with Hilton in being named the School Winner in the contest. The theme for this essay was how wildlife and the environment are affected by conservation. All essays were judged by a panel of two judges with Hilton being chosen as Grand Champion from a field of entries from 6-12th grade.

Their Language Arts Teacher, Lesley Cagle, said that “Grace and Mady both show the ability to construct essays with a unique voice, high level vocabulary usage, and imagery that keep the reader hooked.” 

Hunley is in the Alton GT program for Language Arts, with writing being a strong area for her, and Hilton has been recommended for the GT program based upon her writing and creativity.

Hilton said that she was truly surprised to be honored as the overall winner, “I mean, I spent two days working on it and researching for it, it was a good paper, but I didn’t know that it would win the contest. I’m happy with it, it was a lot of time and effort, but when you win something like this it makes it all worth it.”

Hunley, who did not get to attend the banquet, opting instead to be with her teammates on a big JTA Volleyball game night, echoed her classmate in saying that she was proud of the honor. “I worked hard on this and did a lot of research  for it, I’ve never written about this topic, so it made it a little more difficult. I wish I could’ve been there for the award, but I needed to be with my team for that game.”

Both said that although this was a topic of interest for them, it was not something they had written about before, and that they liked the challenge of it. As prizes for their efforts, Hilton and Hunley were awarded trophies, t-shirts, and prize money totaling up to $150. 

Cagle concluded by saying that, “Both girls work hard at their craft and go above and beyond daily writing criteria to make sure they have done the best job that can be done. I’m certainly glad that they entered this contest.”  


To read their papers, acces the links below:

Grace Hilton- https://bit.ly/2PT3K7o 

Mady Hunley- https://bit.ly/2v1RrhS 

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