The winners of the Rotary Character Project Essay Contest at North Cumberland Elementary are, in front, from left, Rebecca Johnston, third place; Palmyra White-Gutierrez, first place; and Kyra Gunter, second place. Presenting the honors are, back row, Mrs. Smith, fourth-grade teacher, Rotarian Pepe Perron and Mr. Buffkin, fourth-grade teacher.

The Crossville Noon Rotary Club has recently completed its annual Character Essay Project in partnership with Cumberland County Schools. 

The fourth-graders are asked to write a one-page paper or essay on one of the topics of the 4-Way Test and how it relates to them. 

The third-place winner at each school received a $15 gift card, the second-place winner at each school received a $25 gift card and the first-place winner at each school received a brand new bicycle. 

With nearly 400 submissions, 2019 marks the most well participated contest in the club’s recent history.  

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Over the coming weeks, the Chronicle will be publishing photos of the essay winners, along with the first-place winning entry from each participating school.