Presidents Day Essay Contest Highlights Students' Creativity, Interest in History, and Lunch

Mar 01, 2012, 17:31 ET from Community Financial Credit Union

PLYMOUTH, Mich., March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Local elementary and middle school students showed off their creativity recently during Community Financial's Presidents Day Essay Contest.

Almost 800 students sent in essays answering the question: Which U.S. President would you like to have lunch with and why?  Each essay was read and reviewed by a committee of Community Financial team members and judged on creativity, clarity and overall success.

The winners are: Emily Loebach, Meads Mill Middle School who wished to have lunch with President Lincoln and Julie Shen, Miller Elementary School, who chose President Jefferson. 

Both winners will receive $100 cash along with lunch for their class with Community Financial President/CEO Bill Lawton.  Ten finalists will each receive $10 gift cards to Subway restaurants.

"The responses and creativity we saw from the students were truly amazing," said Natalie McLaughlin, Community Financial sr. education partnership coordinator.  "We wanted to give the students the opportunity to express themselves in a way that only students can, and they exceeded our expectations."

Overall, the students chose Abraham Lincoln more often than any other president with whom they'd like to have lunch.  Presidents George Washington and Barack Obama finished second and third.

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