WCHS student wins essay contest

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By Aaron S. Dugger
Library Media Specialist at North Washington

A Washington County High School student will head west next month to participate in the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt.

Junior Amber Grigsby is the 2013 winner of the JAKES Program’s national essay contest. JAKES, or Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship, is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation. Grigsby was one of over 75 contestants. She traveled to Nashville in February to attend the NWTF convention. Her prize was a personal invitation to participate as a celebrity in the Kansas hunt.

“I have been hunting turkey since I was 11 years old,” Grigsby said. “Winning my dad and myself a trip to Kansas and the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with him motivated me to enter the contest.”

Grigsby’s essay was chosen in part due to her skillful use of descriptive language. Sharing her personal hunting experiences also appealed to the judges.

“I wrote about how my dad and I enjoy God’s creation and the wildlife we get to hunt,” she stated. “I also included a story about a time we went turkey hunting. I ended up missing one because I moved my gun too much, and the big tom ran off.”

Grigsby could hardly contain her excitement about the upcoming trip. She also admitted that she has not killed a turkey yet and is eager to do so.

“The trip can’t get here any quicker. All of our expenses are paid, and the best part is that we get to hunt. I’m going to be able to get my first turkey,” she said with a smile.

JAKES and the NWTF work together to promote safe, ethical hunting practices and responsible habitat management. The essay contest is open to JAKES members nationwide. Participants must submit a 500-word essay on a topic chosen each year by the NWTF.