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News Community Lions Club names essay contest winners

From left is Pete Haithcock, first vice president of the Franklin Lions and chair of the Liberty Essay Contest; Franklin High School student Christy Barton, first place essay writer; and Ruth Hensz-Stilwell, club president.The Franklin Lions Club promoted a Celebrate Liberty Essay contest open to 11th grade high school students in Western North Carolina with the topic, “Is the United States of America Exceptional?” The students were also asked to include how it affects their liberty. The essays were between 350 and 500 words in length.

Franklin High School, Nantahala School, and Tuscola High School submitted entries. Christy Barton from Franklin won first place; Allie Dinwiddle from Tuscola High School came in second; and Dustin Bryant from Nantahala High School was awarded thrid place.

Christy Barton’s winning essay included this, “… Democracy and social and economic freedom are what this country is based on. Ever since those European boats arrived on the shores of the ‘New World,’ the essence of complete freedom has been the goal of this country…” Christy is a junior at Franklin High and plans to pursue a four-year degree upon graduation. She loves writing and art and plays on the high school soccer team. She is the daughter of Denise and Wes Barton and is the fourth of five children.

The Celebrate Liberty mission is the protection and continuation of American liberties with the focus on education, to make all citizens aware of the significance and content of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

The Franklin Lions sponsor a number of events throughout the year. The club sponsors the 4th of July BBQ, collects donations each winter for Santa Pal, and sells raffle tickets for Camp Dogwood. All monies collected by the Franklin Lions Club remains in our community. If you are interested in helping or contributing, call club president Ruth Hensz-Stilwell at (828)369-8285.


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