2014GPEssayWinnerCongrats to the 2014 South Dakota Retired Teachers – AARP Grandparent Essay contest winner, Sam Olson. The 5th grader, from Madison, South Dakota wrote the top essay among 1511 submissions across the state from more than 40 participating schools.   The essays were judged by members of the South Dakota Retired Teachers Association represented by 14 units across the state.

Olson received $250 and a recognition plaque for his winning essay about his grandfather, Dick Wire, also of Madison. The award was presented at the 2014 South Dakota Retired Teachers annual convention in Sioux Falls in early May, where Olson read his essay aloud.  Olson’s family, including his grandfather attended the ceremony.

Each year the SDRTA sponsors the Grandparent Essay contest, which is open to 5th grade students across the state.  This is the 9th year the contest has been held.  Read winning essays from the past here.  The annual contest highlights the important role grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren.