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Penick wins 'Country Pride' essay contest

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By The Staff

A former Grant County student won first place in a “county pride” essay writing contest. Fourth grade students were asked to write an essay on the topic of “What I like best about Clinton County,” in recognition of the Ohio county’s upcoming bicentennial celebration.

Jared Penick, a former kindergarten student at Mason-Corinth Elementary School, won first place out of approximately 100 student essays and received a $250 savings bond. Penick’s essay was featured on the editorial page of the Dec. 16 issue of the Wilmington News Journal.

The Clinton County YMCA, the library, the huge rock in front of Wilmington College, the Roberts horse arena and an “awesome” Tractor Supply store are a few of the points of interest Penick noted in his essay.

Penick moved to Clinton County in 2005 when his mother’s job was relocated. He is the son of Greg Penick of Dry Ridge and Cheryl Penick of Wilmington, Ohio. Penick is the grandson of James “Buddy” and Peggy Penick and Lee Roy and Emma Simpson, all of Dry Ridge.

The contest was sponsored by the Wilmington News journal and a 1991 graduate of Wilmington College and children’s author, Artie Knapp. The contest was judged by education majors at Wilmington College.