Sargent fourth-graders shine in National Essay and Artwork contest

Courtesy photo Left to right, Sargent teacher Durre, Josiah Houser, first place Rio Grande County and second at state, Elaina Consaul, second at county, Addison Gilbert, third at county.

MONTE VISTA — Students in the fourth grade from Sargent Elementary competed in the National Essay and Artwork contest. The contest starts at the county level. The top winner in each county then competes at the state level. They submit a short essay and a hand-drawn picture. 

Entries are based on CHARACTER COUNTS! utilizing the Six Pillars of Character. The Responsibility Pillar was used for the competition this year. 

Rio Grande County winners were from Sargent Elementary. First place went to Josiah Houser; second place to Elaina Consaul; and third place to Addison Gilbert. Houser also won second place at the state level. 

Monetary awards were sponsored by District V FCE and Friday Morning Club of CAFCE (Colorado Association for Family and Community Education). 

State winners can compete at the national level (NAFCE).