EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - We're celebrating America at WTOC and just wrapped up our essay contest for middle school students.
More than 250 students entered from all over our viewing area talking about their heroes from American history.
We narrowed down the entries to the top four.
This week, we went to Rincon in Effingham County to present our first award to Ebenezer Middle School 6th grader Dallas McCorkendale. We surprised him in Mrs. Mitchell's class.
For his essay, Dallas recieved a Celebrating America t-shirt and Barnett Educational Supplies presented him with a $25 gift certificate.
Then we let him read his winning essay that answered the question "Which great American in history do you most admire and why?"
If you'd like to hear Dallas read his winning essay, just click on the video link next to this story.