The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Cara Harmon, a 4th grade student at Hayes Elementary School, is the 2012 “Why I Love Lakewood” Essay Contest winner.
Over 110 essays were submitted by 4th graders from Lakewood City Schools and Lakewood Catholic Academy. A panel of seven judges used a rubric to assess the originality, organization, descriptive language, and grammar (including punctuation and spelling) of the essays, and the judges selected Cara’s as best overall.
Cara, who “could have been born in any part of this world, yet I was born at Lakewood Hospital”, values the fact that she lives in the same house that her mom and grandparents lived in. Cara loves Lakewood for its location on Lake Erie, our “safe schools and good teachers”, and fun Lakewood activities – she hopes to “live in Lakewood for the rest of my life.”
Cara has been awarded a cash prize of $100 and will ride in the Light Up Lakewood parade before she takes the stage with Santa Claus, the Grinch, and Buddy the Elf to “flip the switch” on Saturday, December 1st to turn on the lights in Downtown Lakewood and set off the fireworks during the Light Up Lakewood festivities.