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News Community Read2Me's annual Rotary Club essay contest winners

First place winners of the “If I Were President” Essay Contest were Nicholas Walker and Destiny Mashburn (middle). Also pictured, Macon County teachers James McNab and Renee Rogers and Rotary Club President Gary Dills.Students competed in three patriotic categories.

For the second year, Read2Me partnered with the Rotary Club of Franklin to host a county-wide writing contest. This year's patriotic theme was broken up into three different categories. Students were able to participate in either the “Greatest President” or “If I were President” essay writing or the “When I am President” poetry writing categories. Winners were selected based on grade level, writing quality, content, and creativity. Members of the Franklin Rotary Club judged the essays.

All first place winners received $50 for their submissions, and the first place winner's classroom teacher also received $50 to go toward purchasing classroom supplies. All second place winners and their teachers each received a $25 prize.

The winners and their families were invited to attend lunch with the Rotary Club on Wednesday, May 1 as guests of honor to read their submissions.

The Macon County Public Library also helped sponsor the essay contest with funding provided by the Olive B. Eaton writing contest.

Category: Greatest President, Essay

  • Makayla West, First - Nantahala, 4-5th; teacher Amanda Jowers;
  • Cadence Houser, Second - South Macon; teacher Vicki Bowman
  • Dannah Stewart, Honorable Mention - Nantahala 4-5th; teacher Amanda Jowers
  • Tai Venture, Honorable Mention; South Macon; teacher Vicki Bowman

Category: If I Were President, Essay

  • Destiny Mashburn, First - Macon Middle 7th; teacher Renee Rogers
  • Nicholar Walker, First - Macon Middle, 7th; teacher James McNab
  • Chase Holland, Second - Macon Middle, 7th; teacher James McNab

Category: When I'm President, Poems

  • Morgan Bumgarner, First Place, poetry - Mountain Valley Intermediate (MVI), 6th; teacher Sara Shook
  • Ariana Kimsey, Second - MVI, 6th; teacher Sara Shook
  • Celeste McCall, Honorable Mention - MVI, 5th; teacher Sara Shook
  • Erica Myers, Honorable Mention - MVI, 5th; teacher Sara Shook

If I were President

By Destiny Mashburn

If I were president, I would cut money that we spend on imports. Uphold the constitution, protect the first and second amendments, and strengthen sanctions in Iran.

As president, I would cut money that the country spends on imports from other countries. If we stopped spending money on imports, this would force American companies to return to the United States of America. This would create American jobs and boost the economy. American citizens could buy American goods and find them a lot easier.

I said that I would uphold the constitution like our fore fathers meant for it to be upheld. Thomas Jefferson once wrote the new construction has secured these individual rights in the Executive and Legislative departments, but not in the Judiciary. It should have established trials themselves, that is to say, by a jury. He also wrote Liberty I would say that, in this whole plenitude of its extent. It is unobstructed action according to our will. But according to our will, within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add within the limits of the law because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.

I said I would protect the first and second amendments because America was founded on the belief of freedom and moral principles. I believe our fore fathers created the constitution for us to have true freedom. I would focus on the second amendment which seems to be a controversy right now. Thomas Jefferson wrote the laws forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such nature they disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes...such laws serve rather to encourage then to prevent homicides, for on unarmed may be attacked with greater confidence then an armed man (Commonplace book 1775).

I will focus on Iran and their nuclear program and enforcing sanctions. Netanyahu said that we need to strengthen sanctions. We need to do this on their energy program, like gas and petroleum products, If this does not work we will enforce military action.

What I would do if I were President

By Nicholas Walker

I would lower the gas prices. After I do that, I would make smoking illegal because it has killed millions over the past century. So it will torture you for the rest of your life and it can torture your kids.

If you were born from any place but the United States, you can be president and to be president you have to go to college in the United States.

Then I would make schools be on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. All to start from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You might ask why, because kids can have more fun and more joy in their life. On Friday, if any kid is failing, they will go to school at 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

I would make teachers get $25 an hour because they are helping all the kids around the world get a better future. The teachers will go to school on Fridays for planning. Like what they were going to do on Monday and how they would do the plan on Monday.

Why I am making all of these rules is because I love the whole entire world. Because our God made it all. He put us on this world to have fun and to learn more about the universe and how we stay alive. I was adopted from Russia by two nice people that is why I love the world because God put down two very nice people to adopt me and my brother. I love the U.S. because they love me just as much as I love them.

The world has much to accomplish and so do I. It would help if these laws come to hand. I believe that we can go from sad to happy. If you can do it, anybody can do it. You can change the world for only one deed. And that will Change the World.


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