The ninth-grader’s essay was chosen from hundreds submitted in the region
VINA | During the first semester of this school year, Mrs. Jessica Hamilton, 7-12 English Teacher at Vina High School, was approached and asked if she was interested in getting some of her students to enter an essay contest. She’s now really glad she did.
Tristan Moomaw, a ninth grader at the school, wrote what was selected as the winning essay in the “Powerade Power Through” contest. The contest included most schools in West Alabama served by Coca-Cola.
Hamilton created a lesson plan for the essay assignment and all 140 of her students ended up participating in the contest. The essays had to focus on the favorite high school sport of each writer and how $2,000 could help boost that particular sport’s program.
Keith Mayfield, West Alabama Area Manager for Coca-Cola United, who presented the award during a ceremony at Vina High School on Thursday, Jan. 19, said Moomaw’s essay was chosen because, “You could tell he was compassionate about what he was writing about.”
Moomaw wrote about Vina High School’s boys basketball program.
Vina High School was presented with a $2,000 check from Coca-Cola United and Wal-Mart. In addition to the check for the school, Moomaw was also awarded $100 from Coca-Cola for writing the winning essay.
“I’m very proud of each of my students, and I’m very excited for Tristan,” Hamilton said. “What an Honor!”
Tristan is the son of Robert and Vanessa Moomaw of Vina.