Kayla Shefond Harris, a fifth-grader at Bensley Elementary School, is the grand-prize winner of the annual essay contest for Older American’s Month. Kayla was recognized for her winning essay during the May 25 Board of Supervisors meeting where she received a plaque and a $25 savings bond.
The contest, which gives students in grades four-five the opportunity to acknowledge an older adult who has had a positive impact on their lives, was open to all Chesterfield County Public School students.
Kayla chose to write about her great-grandmother, who has always encouraged and inspired her. Kayla admired how her great-grandmother always strove to be her best, regardless of the difficulties she had faced as a child.
The top essays from other participating schools in the VN readership area were written by: Markus Taborn, Matoaca Elementary; Niya Grant, Beulah Elementary; and Breon Banks, Bensley Elementary.