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Price officials recognize fifth grade winners of city's essay contest


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By C.J. MCMANUS
Sun Advocate community editor

Local officials found out what younger residents were fond of Nov. 25 as fifth grade students from Pinnacle Canyon Academy, Creekview and Castle Heights read essays explaining what they like best about Price city.

"I think this contest is a great way to get our community youth involved in a government and municipal setting from a young age," said Price Mayor Joe Piccolo. "We had good participation and I was very pleased to find out what our local youth thinks about the city in which they live."

Contest winners were given MP3 players by the city. The winning students included:

•Katie Reynolds and Joey Marakis from Pinnacle Canyon Academy.

•Abigaile Krum and Gabe Van Dyke from Creekview Elementary.

•Madison Burrola, Bradee Chatterton, Katie Woodhouse and Alyssa Drage from Castle Heights, who had two fifth grade classes participate.

Showing that winning wasn't all that matters all students who participated were given a gift basket by the council that included wave pool passes among other gifts.

According to the mayor, the contest was judged by city and school officials and was a tough call as many students provided excellent essays about their hometown.

"Price is a great place to live ... There are many awesome places such as the Desert Wave Pool, Washington Park and the new Dino-Mine Park. The Desert Wave Pool rocks because there are actual waves and there is the indoor pool with a high and a low diving board...The people are great and there are lots of public works like the firefighters, policemen and doctors. I also have tons of friends. The firefighters are very important. They do a presentation at our school every year and I have actually seen them work on a neighbor's house. I like Price because of the parks and other places, the structures and buildings and the air. Price is a great place to be a kid!" wrote Gabriel Van Dyke

From a different perspective, Katie Reynolds indicated that she likes her "little home on the outskirts of town. The people there are nice; they do a lot of things for each other ... The schools here are great, they teach us a lot. Take Pinnacle Canyon Academy for example.The teachers are nice and help you if you need it. The staff is great and cheerful; and they make the school a place where you feel safe and happy."

According to Reynolds, she has two favorite stores in town, Wal-Mart and Intermountain Farmers. "Wal-Mart has everything you could ever need and it's fun to explore the store (hey I'm a kid). IFA is the place for cowboys and ranch hands and since I am one, well, it's a good place to hang out."

Some students wrote less about the retail stores and wave pool and more about the landscape of the local area.

"The reason I like to live in Price is because there are lots of things to do. For example, looking for rocks is fun. We climb in the hills to look for for big round rocks," stated Katie Woods. "When we find them, we roll them down the hill to break them up and get the crystals out. Some of the rocks have been fossils with crystals and other have big holes filled with brown and white crystals."

Katie also enjoys the amenities Price has to offer.

"During the summer before it gets too hot, we like to ride our bikes to the library. When we are there we run to the section with animal books in it ... I mostly go to the one with the art section in it. The other section is the one with Draw 50 Cats in it. There is also a section full of movies like Flicker, the Black Stallion and the Muppets.

According to Piccolo, the contest is only for fifth graders and all eligible students are encouraged to join.

"We need to show the youth of this community that they have something great here," said the mayor. "And there is no better way to do that than to get them to put it down on paper. Additionally, getting them into the council chambers at an early age develops and interest in what is going on in their city. I think this contest is a fantastic way to show students just a little about how the local government works.

The fifth grades were brought before the council and waited through the public comment period before they presented their essays and received their awards.

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