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'What's Great About Gering' essay winners announced
April 20, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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Gering Mayor Ed Mayo announced the winners in the “What’s Great About Gering?” essay contest at Fresh Foods. The winning entries were written by Northfield fourth grader Caleb Powers and Gering Freshman Academy student Kayla Wick.

What’s great about Gering? Two of the city’s young people know it’s everything the community stands for.

Northfield Elementary fourth grader Caleb Powers and Gering Freshman Academy student Kayla Wick, another former Northfield student, are the winners of the “What’s Great About Gering?” essay contest, sponsored by Fresh Foods and the Gering Citizen.

The essays were written by young people about what makes their hometown so special. And what shines through is the sense of community, the awareness that we’re all here for one another.

Kerri Dishman of Fresh Foods said they received about 180 entries for the essay contest. “It was great hearing a kid’s perspective and their enthusiasm for their community,” she said. “It’s more than just about the landscape; it’s about the heart of the community.”

Dishman said it was a good exercise for kids to think about what makes their town a great place. “If we don’t know where we’ve been, we won’t know where we’re going. I really enjoyed reading a young person’s perspective.”

Gering Mayor Ed Mayo was one of the honorary judges and handed out awards at a ceremony last Friday afternoon at Fresh Foods.

“It was difficult choosing the winners because all the kids did a real good job in capturing what’s great about Gering,” Mayo said.
“They wrote about the true spirit of the community – about family and neighborly relationships with everyone here. Everybody has a tendency to look out for everyone else. That’s something I’ve noticed in the 31 years I’ve lived here. Those relationships were here when Gering was founded and they stayed here.”

For their winning entries, both students were presented with $50 in Gering Merchant Association bucks.

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