FLINT TWP. — Jikira Robbins, 13, an eighth-grade student at Carman- Ainsworth Middle School, won the grand prize in the 5th annual statewide AARP “Why I love my grandparents” essay contest.
Robbins won an iPad for her essay that detailed how her grandparents played an important role in raising her and her sisters.
Judged by a panel of AARP volunteers, her essay was chosen as the best among more than 250 entries.
“This essay contest is all about celebrating the important role that grandparents play in the lives of families,” said Jacqueline Morrison, State Director of AARP Michigan, in a press statement. “The winning essays highlighted the tremendous impact grandparents have on their grandchildren.”
Claudia Ross of Perry High School took second place won a NOOK e-reader and Ny’asia Johnson of Southwestern Classical Academy in Flint won third place and the prize was a Kindle Fire tablet.
The contest was open to all students in grades 1-12, enrolled in public, private or home schools in Michigan. Entries were divided into elementary, middle school and high school divisions and the top three entries chosen for each. One statewide first-place winner was selected as the overall winner. Robbins also was the top finisher in the middle school division.
An award ceremony was set to be held at Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing. All participants received a certificate of participation and special AARP gift.
Here’s an excerpt:
“I know that my grandparents have sacrificed years of their personal time together and money for us. We have always been taught to give thanks and show appreciation, so we always tell our grandparents (Earl and Diane Crowder) how much we appreciate them for all they do for us and how happy we are that they are our grandparents. I just don’t know what life would have been like without them.”
She described family vacations, help with homework, school activity visits, church and other support from her grandparents for her and her sisters, 10, 12 and 22. — Rhonda Sanders