December 9, 2019

Eagle Excellence: Student Highlight


“A quarter cup of kindness, a dazzle of courage, a speckle of truth and honesty, blended tastefully with modesty and wisdom, is the  significant difference between a good teacher and a thoughtful educator [who]changed my life forever,” wrote eighth grader Michelle C. about former SCS art teacher Andrea Townsend.

Her essay on “My Personal Michigan Hero” along with the essays of two other students from Southfield Christian School have been named local winners in the 44th annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. Several thousand eighth grade students from nearly 450 Michigan schools participated in the contest.

The three students, who earned the first, second, and third place awards for our school are eighth graders Michelle C., first; Maya L., second; and Emma P., third. All three received award certificates for their achievement.

“Writing the essay just flowed naturally because I’ve been thinking about writing about her for a long time. I’ve been thinking about [Mrs. Townsend] as a hero a long time,” Michelle said.

Second place winner Maya chose to write about her dad, an inspector for the Detroit Police Department, because ever since she was little he was an inspiration. She writes, “Bravery, courage, aptitude, power, comfort and liveliness all go together when describing my dad.” In her essay, Maya thanks her dad for his courage to face each day positively and for pushing her to be the best she can be.

Emma focuses on her Christian grandparents who were both handicapped since childhood. “You could say that my grandma Sandra and my grandpa Craig are pretty much the same person… my grandma acts as the eyes and my grandpa acts as the legs,” she wrote. “My grandparents are heroes they don’t let anything that happened to them knock them down.”

All three essay writers were honored during the middle school awards ceremony for their accomplishment this month. As the school’s first place winner, Michelle’s name will be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school. Her first place essay now advances to the state level competition from which the top ten essays in Michigan will be selected.