Washington County 4th Grade Students Celebrate George Washington

A group of students posing and smiling.On Friday, February 22, 2019, Washington County Schools celebrated George Washington's 287th birthday with a celebration of 4th grade essay winners.  In this annual event, 4th grade students are encouraged to write an essay reflecting the many leadership qualities of George Washington.

Each schools selects the top 5 essays and these students then read and discuss their essay in front of a panel of judges.  Essays are narrowed to the top 3 which are then read by various judges.  On Friday, February 22, the culminating event was a celebration for the top 3 winners at each school at the Martha Washington Inn.  Students were greeted by George and Martha Washington and learned of their most recent activities at Mount Vernon.  The top 3 winners in the division were announced, with the 1st place winner receiving an all-expenses paid trip to Mount Vernon for his or her family, presented by Dr. John Lentz, sponsor of the essay contest. 

The 2019 division winners are:
3rd place:  John T. (High Point Elementary) and Henry P. (Watauga Elementary) - tied
2nd place:  Hailey F. (Abingdon Elementary)
1st place:  Levi P. (Rhea Valley Elementary)

Levi's essay was written from the point of view of "Blueskin", George Washington's horse during the Battle of Trenton.

Congratulations to all of our winners.  Special thanks to Dr. John Lentz for his support of Washington County Schools.

Contact Person: 
Janet Lester