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2017-10-11 / Academics

WEF Sponsored Essay Contest


Middle school essay contest winners were, from left: Meadow Wood, Hanna Funaro and Madison Serra. With them is middle school Principal Andy Gates. 
Photo contributed by Walton Central School District Middle school essay contest winners were, from left: Meadow Wood, Hanna Funaro and Madison Serra. With them is middle school Principal Andy Gates. Photo contributed by Walton Central School District The Walton Education Foundation recently sponsored an essay contest and presented the winners with cash prizes on Orange and Black Day. All Walton Central School students were invited to submit an essay titled “What Being A Walton Warrior Means to Me.”

Winners and recipients of a $25 cash prize are: Dawson Bowker, Kindergarten; Riley Hyer, Grade 5; Madison Serra, Grade 8; Hannah Funaro, Grade 8; Honorable mention: Meadow Wood, Grade 8.

What Being a Walton Warrior Means to Me

By Dawson Bowker, Kindergarten

Being a Walton Warrior means that I get to go to school. I love school. I love to see my friends. I love to go to gym. I love to go to the library. I love to go to art and music. I love buying my lunch. I love riding the bus around the parking lot because I don’t get to ride the bus. I love seeing the fire trucks and going on field trips. I love special days like p.j. day, orange and black day and show and tell. We hatched a butterfly in our classroom. I love my teacher and Mrs. Gates from UPK. She taught me how to read. I love school and especially being a Walton Warrior.


Townsend Elementary winners of a recent essay contest were front (from left) Riley Hyer, and Dawson Bowker. Pictured in the back are Townsend Principal Mike Snider, and Cortnie Russell representing the Walton Education Foundation. 
Photo contributed by Walton CentralSchool District Townsend Elementary winners of a recent essay contest were front (from left) Riley Hyer, and Dawson Bowker. Pictured in the back are Townsend Principal Mike Snider, and Cortnie Russell representing the Walton Education Foundation. Photo contributed by Walton CentralSchool District What Being a Walton Warrior Means to Me

By Riley Hyer, Grade 5

Being a Walton Warrior mean to me having each others help oftenly. When we’re in our call we can talk and have a blast. If someone comes over and is mean to them you have to stand pp a nd be their friend. Yo can sit there and have fun but you have to listen, that’s number one. Let’s not forget number two. You have to try and succeed in all that you do. Give a smile each and every day. It can make happiness in lots of ways.

What Being a Walton Warrior Means to Me

By Madison Serra, Grade 8

Being a Walton Warrior means many things to me. Initially, it means I’m part of the volleyball, basketball and track team. Being on those teams means representing your school and community. What that means is good sportsmanship, values, respect, encouragement, and so much more! Also being a Walton Warrior means respecting my school community, my teachers and peers. As a Walton Warrior I feel that I am responsible to help mold younger students by showing dignity and respect to others. Lastly being a Walton Warrior means treating my school and community as my home. For example cleaning up after games, not destroying the community, helping out around the school and having pride about be a Walton Warrior!

What Being a Walton Warrior Means to Me

By Hannah Funaro, Grade 8

To be a Walton Warrior is to be respectful and kind to yourself and others. It means being responsible and safe. It means being strong not only physically but mentally as well. A Walton Warrior is someone who looks out for their fellow warriors. He/she is always looking out for ways to help improve their school and is always willing to help others out. A Walton Warrior leads others by setting a good example. He/ she is willing to go out of their comfort zone and make a change. A warrior is someone who sees a challenge, take on that challenge, fights hard by trying their best and keeps on challenging themselves.

A Walton Warrior is not born, it’s a choice you make. You chose to be a warrior when you refuse to stand by when wrong is being done; you stand up for what’s right and what you believe in. You chose to be a warrior when you stand back up after getting knocked down. A warrior is someone who others look up to because they set a good example for all. A warrior is someone who does not judge others because of h ow they look, what they believe in or who their family is. He/She is someone who tries to get along with everyone and work together. A warrior is someone who does not think they are the strongest member of the team. Everyone plays an important part and together as a team, we are strong. I cannot do some things my best friend can do and my best friend cannot do some things that I can do. Together we can do anything as she is strong where I am weak and I am strong where she is weak. A warrior knows the definition of teamwork is the combined efforts, or the actions of a group, to achieve a common purpose or goal. A warrior works with the fellow classmates as a team; they are not thinking about themselves but about how they can help each other to reach their goals.

Above all a Walton Warrior always has courage. Courage to stand up for what’s right and just. To be a voice for the lonely and weak. We all have courage, even if it’s hidden deep down within ourselves, it’s there. “We pledge to stand hand in hand, to be respectful, responsible, safe and to act with the heart of a warrior.” This is what it truly means to be a Walton Warrior.

What Being a Walton Warrior Means to Me

By Meadow Wood, Grade 8

“What being a Walton Warrior Means to Me,” well, it means a lot be me to be a Walton Warrior. Being a Warrior means well you go to Walton, and you are a good, well behaving student. It don’t just mean just because you play a sport. I play 3 different sports and that does not just make me a Warrior. I have been putting a lot of hard work into my school work, and that’s what makes me feel like a Warrior. To me to be a Warrior I think you have to be a outstanding person always helping others out and always being kind. Most people are always putting others down. I’m trying to help others. No put downs. There is a lot to be a Walton Warrior and no one should be ashamed of it. That’s some things I think of being a Warrior means to me.

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