Rotary Club hears from Laws of Life essay winners

Published 1:59 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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Members of the Bainbridge Rotary Club met for their weekly meeting at the Kirbo Center on Tuesday. For the day’s program, Dr. Heidi Chambers introduced four Bainbridge High School students who won this year’s Laws of Life Essay Contest, with each student reading their essay to the club.

First to read was 9th grade winner Morgan Rich. Each student’s essay had a maxim that defined it, with Rich’s being, “Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path, and you will find you have crossed the mountain.” Specifically, Rich wrote her essay about her experience and challenges living with a club foot.

Next, 11th grade winner Gurpreet Kaur took to the podium, with the maxim of her essay being, “If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down.” Kaur’s essay focused on the stress of failing a childhood spelling bee, and the guidance given by a teacher.

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After Kaur, 12th grade winner Gilberto DeJesus spoke, with his maxim being, “Life is unfair to the ignorant and unprepared, so don’t be the same.” DeJesus wrote about his first experiences as a field worker and what he learned.

Lastly, 10th grade winner and BHS overall winner Evan Brock read his essay, which recounted how he helped an elderly widow clean out her cluttered house. His maxim was, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service of others.”

Following the students’ essays, the meeting was adjourned.