Diabetes contest winners recognized by Lions Club

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By Natasha LaFayette


Event speaker Dr. Darryl Wilkens used both illustrations and information to bring attention to Diabetes at the awards presentation of essay winners hosted by the Lions Club of Campbell County Tuesday evening.

The crowd was larger than anticipated with students, winners, parents and teachers being awarded for participation.

Though Wilkins gave a lengthy presentation on Diabetes, the students being awarded had done their research and created essays about the condition affecting many Americans.

“You can do something about it,” said Wilkins. “Get healthy, be healthy and stay healthy.”

Lions Club President Art Goerss explained to the many in attendance that choosing the finalist was a difficult decision. Those who tied were absolutely impossible to place separately, said Goerss.

The first grades through eighth grade in 11 participating schools were honored one at a time. They received a certificate and money for placing in the top three for their grade level.

Goerss and Club Secretary Carol McDonald handed out the awards to the students. The teachers with the most class participation were also awarded with a $60 donation toward their school.

“Six of the teachers made it not an invitation but an assignment,” said McDonald.

Though Goerss expressed his gratitude and amazement in the contest participation, he stated his disappointment that no one at the high school chose to compete.

“Remember to always encourage your teachers to encourage your kids,” said Goerss.