The contest is open each year to 3rd – 6th grade students who live in the City of Arlington and attend public, private or home school. An’nas’ essay topic was “If you were asked to help at a local animal shelter, what do you think you would be asked to do?”
When asked about the key message of his essay, An’nas said, “Keep animals clean and healthy and be very friendly to them.”
His essay was one of the three winners selected from 102 essays in the third grade division of the contest. Of the 102 essays, 38 were submitted by Mansfield ISD students. A total of 1,0004 essays were submitted by the four grade levels.
Raul Gonzalez, a Mansfield ISD School Board Trustee, served as one of four contest judges. Gonzalez was joined by other contest judges and officials to surprise An’nas in his classroom on the afternoon of February 8. An’nas was shocked and overjoyed to learn that he had won and would receive a $100 savings bond, a Nook by Barnes and Noble, and a special invitation to an Arlington City Council meeting to be recognized. Just when he thought the day couldn’t get any better, his family arrived to offer additional cheers and hugs.
On behalf of the Mansfield ISD Administration, hats off to An’nas! We hope that you continue to explore your love of reading and writing. Great job!