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Edgerton student is national Scholastic essay winner

HILARY MATHESON Daily Inter LakeMay 22, 2019

Edgerton Elementary School fourth-grader Violet Mellin was selected as the grand-prize winner in the Outdoor Alliance for Kids Scholastic Contest.

Mellin’s persuasive essay “How Nature Improves the Brain” and accompanying illustration rose to the top of 2,000 entries. She was awarded a one-year National Park Pass, a five-day trip for up to four people to Olympic National Park in Washington and 6,000. Additionally, her teacher, Brad Nikunen, will receive a $500 in Scholastic credit.

Fourth- through sixth-graders were invited to submit persuasive essays to a government official explaining why the outdoors is important to them, accompanied by an illustration. The contest was created as an opportunity for students “to lift their voices” and “to have a forum for sharing their views,” according to www.scholastic.com.

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