The writing contest was sponsored by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and required students to express how they would change the world after college.
Alex, daughter of Edward and Chrisi Ethridge and a student at Trigg County Intermediate School, noted how her dream of being an author one day would bring happiness to others while offering comic relief through her humorous pieces. As a finalist Alex received an Official Dreamer Certificate and a $50 Office Max gift card.
Her award-winning essay is as follows:
“After college I will change the world by writing humorous stories. In a world with not enough laughter, we need something to laugh about. That’s where my part comes in. I love writing exaggerated stories that make people laugh. It has been proven that laughing is good for your heath. So, my stories do what the doctors ask. For example, my stories could help the depressed find joy, or when somebody is lonely, my characters could be their friend.
I love writing stories about my little brother and sister, Anthony and Avery. I think their characters best relate to little monkeys. In fact, that’s their name in all of my stories, “The Little Monkeys”. They are sure to make you laugh!
Another thing I love to write is emails to my grandmother, Dee. Funny emails are my specialty. After I send one, I always get a call from my Dee. It’s always her laughing and complementing my work.
Writing these stories has drawn me closer to my dream, and one day when I go to college I will learn how to start writing professionally. If I could write after college, I believe I could truly make people laugh and make the world a better place by spreading a little joy.”