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Senator Sprauve Gifts Essay Contest Winners at Leonard Dober Elementary School

April 4, 2009 – Three proud Leonard Dober Elementary School students received bicycles after winning a Bicycle Safety Essay Contest sponsored by Senator Patrick Simeon Sprauve. The winners were Naviyah Davis, Muhammed Rachid and Quenton Walters, according to a press release from the office of Sen. Sprauve.
The contest, an initiative to promote writing and healthy living, was held among the students in Janice Jeppsen’s 6th grade class, which the senator has adopted. The essays were judged on grammar, organization, safety facts and creativity by Sprauve’s office manager, Ivan Connor, a former elementary school teacher. “Out of all the essays we found three to be exceptional,” Sprauve told the students. “I believe in rewarding excellent work.” He went on to congratulate all of the students, saying, “you all did a great job and are encouraged to continue to work on your writing skills.”
The essay winners said they were excited about winning the contest and were eager to tryout their new bikes. Naviyah said that although she did her best on the essay, she was shocked at her win. “I thought I wrote an exceptional report, but I didn’t know what others wrote and thought maybe theirs were better,” she said. Naviyah was pleasantly surprised that her essay was among the best. Quenton said that he is glad that he no longer has to borrow his friends’ bikes now that he has his own. Muhammed said he plans to “ride all over the place.”
Senator Sprauve and his staff presented the bicycles and protective helmets to the winners on March 27, at the school.

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