GR8 Job: Local student wins national essay contest, donates prize to library

ONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-- Suh Young Choi is a student at Valley View Junior High School.

Last year her sixth grade English teacher, Joan Hannah, had the class write six essays in two days.

Hannah wasn't punishing the children.  Instead, Hannah said she "wanted the kids to understand real world deadlines."

"It was kind of a killer," Choi said.  "But, we did it."

Later Choi and Hannah were surprised when they learned one of those essays was one of 18 to win the Nestle Very Best in Youth 2013 contest.

"I knew her work was good enough to win, but I just couldn't believe it," Hannah said.

In addition to a free trip to Los Angeles to attend a winners' event, Choi's prize included a $1,000 donation to her school and another $1,000 donation to the charity or non-profit organization of her choice.

She chose the Craighead County Jonesboro Library.

Choi said she thought a "long time" about where to donate the money.

"I love reading and I love literature," Choi said.  "If you have a lot of stuff going on at school or at home, it (reading) is something to look forward to."

The library will use the donation for its Teen Zone.

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