Ozark Students Win County Essay Contest
In 100 years, Christian County students will know what it was like to be in school in 2021, thanks to Ozark students who participated Christian County’s essay contest, which asked students to answer the prompt, “What it’s like to be a student in 2021.” Winning essays were selected to be placed into the county time capsule.
Winners included one East Elementary student and two North Elementary students. COVID-19 was a common theme in all of the essays.
“School is really different now because of stupid COVID-19,” East Elementary student Porter Geier wrote in her winning essay. “I’m getting really tired of this dumb mask program. It’s annoying.”
She talked about social distancing and changes in the classroom, cafeteria, playground and buses due to COVID.
Ozark North Elementary student Ellie Ennis also talked about wearing a mask at school and how she didn’t like it. She also outlined a typical day in second grade, including science, music, math, ELA, recess and lunch.
“After recess we have a graham cracker for a snack. Then we read,” she wrote in her essay. “There are so many good books you probably won’t know what one to choose.”
Ellie, along with her second-grade classmates in Lisa Esch’s class, wrote the essay last year as a class assignment. Esch designed the assignment around Christian County’s student essay contest, which asked students to answer the prompt, “What it’s like to be a student in 2021.” Winning essays were selected to be placed into the county time capsule.
When asked what a time capsule is, Ellie said she learned about it in second grade.
“It’s when in 100 years someone will open up the time capsule and see some writing,” she said.
Ellie said she’ll be 107 years old when the time capsule is opened, and she hopes she’s still alive.
“North Elementary is awesome. Even though COVID-19 was terrible, 2021 has some good things,” she wrote. “I got to make new friends at school. Doctors made a vaccine for COVID. I had fun in second grade. So much has changed in 2021 but life is getting back to normal. I hope I get to see you in 2121. I want you to have a great life. It’s fun having someone read my paper. I hope I see you in 2121.”
Freya Matteson, who has since moved out of state, will also have her essay preserved in the time capsule. Esch said she is excited for her students.
“We did the writing as a class assignment when we were studying Ozark history,” Esch said. “We talked about what life was like 100 years ago and what kids would want to know about 100 years from now. Throughout the year we had talked about the pandemic and how it had changed our lives and how they were living history.”
East Elementary student Porter Geier, left, and North Elementary student Ellie Ennis.
Ellie Ennis with her North Elementary teachers, third-grade teacher Amanda Idell, left, and second-grade teacher Lisa Esch.