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Monte Vista 7th Grader Earns Shot at Elks Club State Essay Title

Michele Earle

An essay written by Lytzy Rivera, a seventh grader at Monte Vista School in the Mountain View School District has been selected as a state level contender in the 2013-2014 Elks Lodge Drug Awareness Essay Contest.   Lytzy, a student in Belinda Hyde’s class, submitted her essay to the Duarte Elks Lodge #1427 and it captured the attention of the judging panel.  The essay was then submitted to the Elks District Level for judging against entries from other Elks Lodges throughout the San Gabriel Valley.  The District Level judges found Lytzy’s well written essay inspiring as well and selected it to move on to the Elks State Level competition.
“I like to write a lot.  It’s my favorite subject,” said Lytzy.  “I like how you can express your feelings through writing and when I write I like to be really powerful with my words.”
Lytzy was very happy to hear her essay was selected to move on to the State Level.
“I’m very proud of myself and it’s a real privilege to have my work selected to move on.  I didn’t think I was going to win anything so it’s a nice surprise.”
The essay contest was held in October in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week and writers were asked to submit a 200 word, neatly hand written or printed essay on the theme “Down with drugs, up with awareness.”   Essays were judged on closeness to the theme, neatness, originality, and correct grammatical structure.
“We are so proud of Lytzy,” said Roberto Lopez, Monte Vista principal.  “She is a wonderful student with excellent writing skills and she represents our student body greatly.”

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