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Wrather pens winning anti-drug essay
Emma Kate Wrather emerged as the countywide winner in a recent anti-drug essay contest.

Emma Kate Wrather emerged as the countywide winner in a recent anti-drug essay contest, then captured third place in the district.
“It was a wonderful essay,” said longtime English teacher Barbara Scott, who judged the essays. “It was very clear and she stayed right on topic. In general, all the essays were good and hers was the best.”
The essays were submitted as part of a McMinnville Lions Club essay contest open to students ages 11 to 14. Wrather is an eighth-grader at Covenant Academy.
Essays were to be written on the theme “The Mountains We Climb to Stay Drug-Free.” The goal is to stimulate thought on the pitfalls of drug abuse.
“We hope to help them reflect thoughtfully and purposefully on the negative effects that drugs have on them as individuals, as well as on their community,” said Scott.
Wrather won first place in Warren County and a $50 prize. Centertown eighth-grader Wyatt Wilson penned the second-place countywide entry and won $25. Third place and $10 went to Keyara White, an eighth-grader at WCMS.
Wrather’s essay needed a first-place finish at the district level in order to advance further. Scott noted a third-place finish in a packed field of district-wide entries is commendable.
School winners are as follows:
Seventh grade – first Keragan Sims, second Lauryn Ashby, third Kailee Whitlock.
Eighth grade – first Caleb Smith, second Richard Maneiro, third Torren Stacy.

Sixth grade – first Carl Parris, second Brianna E. Winkler

Seventh grade – first Abigail Hodge, second Jaden Smartt, third Salomon Castorena
Eighth grade – first Wyatt Wilson, second Emily Mullican, third Garrett Byars

Eighth Grade, Ms. Higgins – first Keyara White, second Jared Carnes, third Kevin Henry
Eighth Grade, Ms. Carden – first Gretchen Stuart, second Colton Krech, third Anastacia Pryor.

Covenant Academy
Sixth Grade – first Lanya Byars, second Mackenzie Mills, third Chase Newby
Seventh Grade – first Gracie Brock, second Keeper Hendrix, third Emma Randall
Eighth Grade – first Emma Kate Wrather, second David Netherton, third Sarah Sharpe
Ninth Grade – first Katie-Marissa Pack, second Arianna Hutchins, third Conner Wilson.