Essex middle schooler wins essay contest

Published: Apr. 22, 2018 at 9:35 AM EDT
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A 12-year-old Albert D. Lawton Middle School student has won a regional essay contest.

Ronja Norstrom was at Barnes and Noble one day and saw a flier for an essay contest. The subject was "My Favorite Teacher."

Ronja knew right away that she wanted to write about her homeroom teacher, Peter Gustafson.

Her essay was named the best in Vermont and New England.

She's just as excited talking about Mr. Gustafson as she is writing about him.

"He teaches me a lot of life lessons. Everyday I walk in, he's always smiling. It makes me feel so good. One day I realized, he is just such a nice person, and I want to be a nice person like he is. And he teaches me that being a nice person can affect others," Ronja said.

On May 2nd, Ronja will find out how she stacks up nationally. The Barnes & Noble in South Burlington is holding a party for both Ronja and Mr. G, as he's known to his students. It will be that evening at 5 p.m.

If she wins the national contest, both she and Mr. G will get a Barnes and Noble gift certificate and NOOK. The school will also win $5,000.

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