15 Panama Students Chosen As Essay Contest Winners

Panama Central School’s sixth-grade students participate each year in an essay contest sponsored by the Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board. All schools in Chautauqua County are eligible to enter the contest. The topic varies each year. This year’s topic was, “Who Would You Choose To Take Fishing With You And Why?”

Students wrote essays, which included information about the person they chose and why they chose that person. They also included information about the place they would like to go fishing, what type of fish they’d like to fish for, and how to protect our waterways so that we can continue to fish for years to come.

Out of 430 entries, from 17 different schools, Panama had 15 winners. Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards presented each winner with a fishing pole and a certificate of award, and was assisted by two representatives from the Sports Fishery Advisory Board. All students who participated, but did not win, were also presented with certificates of honorable mention.

One boy and one girl in the county are chosen each year as the grand-prize winners. This year, Elizabeth Comstock, a sixth-grader at PCS, is one of the two grand-prize winners. She received a fishing pole, and will also go on a fishing trip this summer with the county executive. The other 14 local winners will be going on a fishing trip with Dan Bowman and Mark Powers, two of their teachers. These other winners are: Claire Apthorpe, Chance Boreck, Quinn Firster, Garrett Fransen, Breanne Fuller, Kaylee Genco, Claire Heimburg, Mitchell Hovey, Alexys Marsh, Savannah Rizzo, Kaylee Royce, Wesley Simmes, Dominic Spontaneo and Kayleigh Stanfield.