Craig Dear Editor,
In keeping with the spirit of Craig's Centennial Celebration, Craig Intermediate School students participated in an essay contest: What Do You Love About Craig. Forty-one students submitted essays about their experiences growing up in Craig.
The winners: First place is "My Home Town - Craig, Colorado" by Katelyn Peroulis; Second place is "The ABCs of Craig" by Erin Parrott; Third place is "Craig, Colorado" by Abigail Gonzales.
All the students wrote wonderful stories about our community, touching on the variety of sports activities in the winter: snowmobiling, sledding, the ice rink at Loudy-Simpson Park and the summer activities: bicycling, floating the Yampa, soccer, softball and baseball. The wave pool received many comments.
They wrote about the local celebrations: Whittle the Wood, Grand Olde West Days, the parades and the decorations around town. They described the county fair and the beauty of our landscape.
They wrote about local restaurants and places to shop to get "things we need, without burning a hole in your pants pocket."
They addressed the size of Craig as not too big, not too small and more than one young writer addressed growth - Wal-Mart and Walgreens. One hopeful young writer commented on the possibility of having a Sonic, "I hope so."
Students wrote about the deer in town and the elk that sleep right on the edge of town. They wrote about hunting, riding horses and living a good ranch life. They wrote about their delight with the changes in weather and their families who "always say goodnight before going to bed."
We can all take important lessons from these young people about the importance of appreciating what we have, looking around and seeing the variety in spite of our distance from larger communities.
The best line came from Abigail Gonzales when she said, "It is a wonderful place to be a kid!"
Thanks to all these hard-working, young writers. The winners will read their essays at the Craig City Council meeting May 13 and a complete collection of all the essays will be presented to the City Council at that time.
Carol Jacobson and Caroline Dotson, Downtown Books in Craig