Mott student wins ND state essay contest

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Levi Wegh, a fifth grade student in Mott-Regent Elementary School in Mott, N.D., was the first place winner of a recent statewide essay contest, entitled “Thank a Farmer or Rancher.” He is the son of Dale and Penny Wegh of rural Mott.

Michael Warsecki of Minot, N.D., won second place and Kasey Bogen of New England, N.D., received third place. All of the entrants received colorful personalized certificates and the winners received a check for their efforts.

“The many entries were quite varied. Some students wrote about the work a farmer does, the crops and animals raised and even the machinery used to do the work on a farm,” said Marlene Kouba of Regent who chaired the contest. The winning essay was:

“Dear Farmer,

“Thank you for your hard work. Thanks for working long hours to help feed America. Thank you for the food like wheat, sunflowers, soybeans, and more which you provided for the people of America. Thank you for the cotton and the plants for which we need to stop starvation and save our survival. Thanks for the fuel and oil for our food and our vehicles. Thank you very much, you are heroes. Thank you for using your big machines like the combine, sprayer, hopper, or seeder for getting the good harvest. Thanks again for the clothing and the food, we really appreciate it.”

The annual contest was sponsored by North Dakota Women Involved in Farm Economics (ND WIFE), a grass roots organization that promotes agriculture. For more information, Kouba can be reached at 701-563-4560.