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Monarch Student Wins Essay Contest

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Congratulations to Emma Morgenstern, who won the 2014 Ruth Blank Venner and Mary Jane Blank McCormick Essay Contest for students in grades 6-8.  Sponsored by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, this year’s theme was “There’s No Place Like Here.”  There were 565 young people from throughout Lucas County who entered the contest from grades K through 12 and wrote about their favorite thing about their city, region or state.

The Heart of It All

Emma Morgenstern – Grade 6 – Point Place/Washington Branches

In Toledo, whether you’re stuck in an eternal winter or the hottest summer in ages, there’s always somewhere to be. It may not be the biggest tourist attraction, but it has character and the most wonderful people; and with that, there’s nothing we can’t do.

In Toledo, the people are so friendly and inviting. Some places I like to visit are: The Toledo Museum of Art, The Mud Hens, and the Toledo Metro Parks, but those aren’t my favorite places; my favorite place is my great grandma’s house, but to me it is the most amazing place around. Every Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, birthdays, and virtually any holiday, all of our family comes over. All of my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, parents brothers, sisters, and well…everybody, enjoys hanging out at this wonderful house. No matter how busy the family is around holidays, they always make time to at least stop by and visit the legacy that is my great grandmother’s house.

The festive gathering place certainly doesn’t lack entertainment or excitement. My family varies in age and there is never a single person that’s the slightest bit bored-or even hungry. At this house, we play games, talk, sing, and not to mention run ridiculously around the halls. As far back as I can remember, almost every holiday, we would run around outside playing kick the can with nearly the entire family; except my great grandma of course.

When you’re at this magnificent house, you can’t help but to fill two or even three plates full of some of the best food around. From the best chicken casserole, to the deliciousness of my great grandma’s rainbow JELL-O, you can never go hungry. I could honestly go on forever, listing traditional food served at any Morgenstern family get together, my great aunt’s homemade pumpkin cheese cake, my great grandma’s famous potato salad and hunky turkey, my aunt’s amazing cracker dip, and my mother’s down right phenomenal pasta salad. My family is also very close, so close that everyone feels it’s necessary to stand in the kitchen even though there are literally a handful of other rooms they could be in.

Overall, I believe that my great grandma’s house could very well be in the hall of fame for wonderful party venues, if there was such a thing; and as you can see, my great grandma’s house is the heart of our family.

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