Historical Society Essay Contest Winners

 Bent County Historical Society is proud to announce the winners of the 56th annual essay contest.  This contest is called, “Giving Thanks to our Elders’ History.”  The rules encourage students to learn more about Colorado History in Bent County with research and personal interviews.  Bent County 7th Grade winners from the Las Animas Middle School include: Tatum Marlow, first place $30, for her essay, “May Marie Wright.”  Zachary Gallegos, second place $25, for his essay, “Fort Lyon.”  Jadann Eck, third place $20, for her essay, “The Bent Brothers.”  Olivia Marfil, honorable mention $15, for her essay, “My Dad Frank Jr. Marfil.”  Roree Willbanks, honorable mention $15, for her essay, “Ridley Ranches.”  The students read their winning essays on November 23rd at the Grand Hall.  The winning essays are filed in the Heritage Library at the Museum.  There were 17 essays submitted and judged.  We thank the panel of judges who were Marian Collins, Sandra Milenski, and Joyce Brooks, for taking the time to read all the essays.  We especially thank the teacher, Tyson Vigil, for encouraging the students to participate.  The winning essay will be published in the next Bent County Chronicle.  Contact the John W. Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum if you have any questions at 456-6066.