The Southeast District recently awarded gift cards to the winners of the Elks Americanism essay contest.

The essay topic was "Why is it important to vote?"

The winner in the fifth and sixth grade division was Summer Hayes, daughter of Autumn and David Hayes, of Uhrichsville. Summer attends St. Mary's Immaculate Conception in Dennison.

The winner in the seventh and eighth grade division was Regan Myers, daughter of Tammy and Todd Myers, of Uhrichsville. Regan attends Claymont Middle School in Uhrichsville.

Uhrichsville Elks 424 was the sponsoring Elks Lodge.

SUBMITTED BY ROBERT CERANA