Essay winners write about animal characters

Essay contest winners are honored by Hammond Reads at a recent awards ceremony, front row from left, Abigail Wojtaszek (Primary II), Hailey Wojtaszek (Primary I), back row, Mary Hogan (Adult), Margaret Kowalski (Senior Adult), Jeremiah Delgado (Middle School), guest speaker Dr. Dennis Rittenmeyer, and Jonathan Robledo (Intermediate).

HAMMOND | Hammond Reads honored the winners of its annual essay contest at an event held recently at Morton High School.

Entrants submitted essays answering the question, “What is your favorite animal character in a book and why?” Winners were chosen in six age categories and read their essays to the audience at the event.

Dr. Dennis Rittenmeyer, former president of Calumet College of St. Joseph, delivered an address on the importance of reading and education.

The winners of the Essay Contest in each category are:

Primary I: Hailey Wojtaszek, St. Casimir School

Primary II: Abigail Wojtaszek, St. Casimir School

Intermediate: Jonathan Robledo, Lafayette School

Middle School: Jeremiah Delgado, Hammond Academy of Science & Technology

Adult: Mary Hogan

Senior Adult: Margaret Kowalski

Hammond Reads is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting literacy and reading in Hammond. For more information, visit www.hammondreads.com.

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