Sturgis Middle Schooler wins LaSata’s essay contest

LANSING, Mich. State Sen. Kim LaSata on Friday announced that Sturgis Middle School sixth grade student Kayden Jones has won her districtwide essay contest for third through eighth grade students.

Jones’ essay in response to the contest assignment question, “What would you do if you were a senator to make Southwest Michigan better?” rose above all other submissions, earning him the opportunity to spend a day with LaSata at the Capitol in Lansing as a junior senator.

“Congratulations to Kayden for his very thoughtful essay,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “It was a tough decision, with more than 80 essays submitted, but his essay stood out the most. I am excited to have Kayden and his family come spend the day with me at the Capitol soon.”

Jones argued in his essay that, if he were a senator, he would work to improve special education. He cited his own challenges at school as a reason for wanting to help other students in similar situations.

Jones has already been recognized by his school with a special celebration for his essay contest win, along with other students whose essays were selected by staff for submission to the contest.