Love Elementary School 4th grader Shelby Swindle received a surprise from Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards when she found out that she was one of 30 winners in The Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board’s Annual Fishing Essay Contest. The contest is for elementary and middle school students in Grades 3 through 6. Over 400 students wrote essays for this year’s contest, “Fishing Sounds Like Fun, Who Would I Like to Take Fishing with Me and Why?”
Mr. Edwards visited Roslyn Sisley-Kazelunas’ classroom to congratulate Shelby and all of the other students who participated in the program. He explained what a County Executive does, why having a Sports Fishery Advisory Board is important and to talked to each student who wrote an essay. He also handed out certificates to everyone and Shelby received a “Hannah Montana” fishing pole. Shelby’s essay was a humorous account of fishing with her dad.
“I’m very excited to be here and meet each and every one of you. Your essays were incredibly creative and you are lucky to have a teacher who encourages writing,” said Mr. Edwards. “I hope you all go home and show whoever you wrote about, whether it’s your parents, grandparents or a friend, the essay. They will think it is really cool that you wrote about them. I heard that this class was very smart and meeting with you today, I can see that it is true. Reading and writing is so important to your future and I thank your teacher for taking the time to enter the contest.”