MACOMB — Evan Stegall, a 13-year old eighth grader from Macomb Junior High School, won the Elks West District Americanism essay contest in the 7th and 8th grade division. This year's topic was "My American Hero." Evan chose The American Soldier as his hero.
Evan is the son of James and Erin Stegall. He is a past winner of essay contests sponsored by the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Illinois Municipal League. The Elko district awarded $100 to Evan. The Macomb local Elks lodge awarded him $50.
Jenna Spangler, an eighth grader from Bushnell-Prairie City Junior High School, took second place. She is the daughter of John and Holly Spangler of Marietta.
Another eighth grader, Benjamin LaPrad of Macomb Junior High School, took third place. He is the son of Jim and Tammi LaPrad.
Kylie Norris, an 11-year-old sixth-grader from Bushnell-Prairie City Junior High, took second place in the fifth and sixth grade division. She is the daughter of Phyllis McLouth of Bushnell.
Nathan Harrison, the sixth grade social studies teacher, had all of his students write Americanism essays. Kylie wrote about Francis Scott Key, the author of "The Star Spangled Banner."
A fifth-grader from Bushnell-Prairie City Elementary School, Rowen Wagner, took third place in the fifth and sixth grade division. He is the son of Stephanie Wagner of Bushnell. Rowen wrote about the inclusivity of popular young people's author Rick Riordan.
All district winners have had their essays submitted for judging in the state contest.