Yukon student essayists lauded

Three Christmas contest entrants read essays at council meeting

Yukon Mayor Shelli Selby commends Yukon students who read aloud their heart-warming Christmas essays during the Jan. 4th city council meeting: From left, Lakeview fifth grader Sarah Stiegelmeyer, Skyview third grader Karlee McEachern and Ranchwood third grader Layne Brown. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Three Yukon school children were the center of attention at the first city council meeting of 2022 when they demonstrated their impressive writing styles.

Ranchwood third grader Layne Brown, Skyview third grader Karlee McEachern and Lakeview fifth grader Sarah Stiegelmeyer on Jan. 4 took turns reading aloud the heart-warming Christmas essays they had written before an audience inside the Centennial Building, 12 S 5th.

Layne, Karlee and Sarah were among top entrants selected in the 16th Annual Mayor’s Christmas Essay Contest. Topic was “What Christmas Means to Me.”

A record 259 essays were entered in the competition, sponsored by the City of Yukon. The previous high was 225 in 2013.

“This is one of the highlights of my year,” Yukon Mayor Shelli Selby said. “As a former educator, writing is so important to me. I was thrilled to read all 259 essays and to write comments back to them.

“These kids took time to write these (essays), and they were so hard to judge. We’ve never had this many before.”

First, second and third place finishers were first announced Dec. 3, 2021, during the Yukon Mayor’s Christmas Party for Kids inside the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore.

Essays were submitted by students at Lakeview Intermediate, Skyview Elementary, Central Elementary, Parkland Elementary, and Ranchwood Elementary, and Yukon homeschoolers.

“They were a delight to read, and it was the highlight of my year,” Selby emphasized.

Some 49 art project from kindergarteners also were submitted as part of the annual holiday competition.



Entries were judged in two grade categories in the Yukon Mayor’s Christmas Essay Contest. Here are the results:

Grades 1-3

First place – Karlee McEachern (Skyview third grader in Ms. Davis’s class).

Second place – Layne Bowen (Ranchwood third grader in Ms. Grba’s class).

Third place – Amari Briggs (Ranchwood third grader in Ms. Davis’s class).

Honorable mention – Liam Sorrels, Bridgette Knous, Rayleigh McCurdy, Gabe Lorenz, Raydyn Schonlau, Ellie Murphy, and Rebecca Sunquist.

Grades 4-6

First place – Sarah Stiegelmeyer (Lakeview fifth grader in Mrs. Wrather’s class).

Second place – Hannah Mathew (Lakeview sixth grader in Mrs. Patric’s class).

Third place – Maddox Lee (Lakeview sixth grader in Mrs. Easter’s class).

Honorable mention – Ruby Stephens, Trinity Spaeth, Elijah Davis, Selah Mann, Luke Mayo, Breckin Wilson, and Aubree Lyn Matthews.

These essayists were recognized at both the Yukon Mayor’s Christmas Party and recent city council meeting.

“I am so proud of each and every one of you,” Mayor Selby told the students.