LaSata’s ‘MI COVID-19 HERO’ essay contest winners announced

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kim LaSata announced on Monday the winners of her MI COVID-19 HERO essay contest.

“I appreciate all the essays submitted by our talented students from Southwest Michigan who took the time to share the stories of the heroes in their lives who are making a difference in the battle against COVID-19,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “It was great to read about all of the people from our communities who have stepped up to answer the call to service. While there were many excellent essays entered, two stood above the rest — congratulations to Lacy Mandarino from Watervliet and Adrianna Broussard from Cassopolis for their essays celebrating the heroes in their lives.”

Mandarino, a fifth grader, wrote her essay about front-line workers, including hospital employees, the police and firefighters.

“Frontline workers are putting their lives on the line every day for us,” Mandarino wrote. “The next time you see a frontline worker, tell them thank you for assisting in helping against the pandemic.”

Broussard is an eighth grader who wrote about her mother, who is a certified nursing assistant (CNA).

“My mom is a hero because, even when a whole hall was full of elders who tested positive for COVID-19, she stuck through it,” Broussard wrote. “Not only is my mom a CNA, but she is also a single mother of five, so going to work every morning, taking care of elders and driving, then coming home every evening to take care of us must be exhausting. My mom is one of the many heroes that we have during this pandemic and I am so grateful.”

The contest was open to all schoolchildren in the 21st Senate District to honor the sacrifices and heroism of Southwest Michigan’s health care and service workers during the battle against the coronavirus.