LMS student will represent Montana in Washington, D.C.

Jaiden Popoff and Tristin Willyard traveled to Helena for the finals of the Do the Write Thing Challenge.

On May 6, seventh-graders Jaiden Popoff and Tristin Willyard traveled to Helena for the finals of the Do the Write Thing Challenge essay contest. There were over 400 essays submitted for the contest, and Jaiden and Tristin were chosen as top ten finalist for the state. After touring the state capitol, the students, their families, and their teachers were treated to lunch at Carroll College. Next they listened to a keynote address from Justice McKinnon. Then all ten finalists presented their essays to the audience. Finally the winners were announced for the boys and girls divisions. Tristin Willyard won the boys division. 
Tristin, his mother, and teacher Mallory Wood will be going to Washington, D.C. in July for five days for the Do the Write Thing National Conference. There they will tour our nation’s capital, meet students from all over the country, and be led in sessions by college students from all over the world.  They will take part in ceremonies including the induction of a book with all the winners’ essays into the Library of Congress. Another ceremony will be a cultural event at the Kuwait Embassy. 
The Do the Write Thing Challenge Program was started over 20 years ago. It was started by a man from Kuwait in 1994 who wanted to show his gratitude to the American citizens for their help during the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq. This program encourages middle school students to explore the topic of youth violence with their teachers and peers. Tristin is the second state winner from Laurel. In 2015, Abbey Scott won the girls division and represented Montana in Washington, D.C. 

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