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Eighth grader Payton Lalicon from St. Anastasia School in Fort Pierce won the National Christ Is Alive essay contest. With more than 650 entries this year, the judges had a difficult time choosing the winners, but they noted that it was with great joy that they read stories from students across the country who encountered the Lord in very personal and unique ways. Payton received a $100 check, a Bible, and was honored by principal Dr. Kevin Hoeffner during a luncheon at her school. 


Fifth grade students at Hope Rural School in Indiantown participated in the American Immigration Association essay contest. Each student wrote about their family's immigration journey to life in the United States. Lissette Rodriguez placed third in the state of Florida. 


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