Fayette-Ware seniors compete for essay scholarships

The LaGrange Cultural Foundation Inc. hosted their annual Essay Scholarship Awards Program April 23. For several years, the foundation has awarded scholarships to Fayette-Ware seniors who plan to attend college after graduation.
To enter, students write a 1,000- to- 2,000-word essay of a suitable subject from a number of different subject areas.
Students were asked to demonstrate scholarly research and writing skills. All essays were then put in the hands of three highly qualified judges who judged on scholarly research, writing skills, grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Out of several essays entered, the winner of the 2015 LaGrange Cultural Foundation Scholarship was Marian Brittenum.
Brittenum titled her essay, Should Juveniles Be Tried and Charged as Adults. In the conclusion of her essay, she stated, “juveniles should be charged and tried as adults.  They are knowledgeable of their actions.”
“They know what to do and what not to do,” she wrote. “Since they committed the crime, they should do the time. On the other hand, when juveniles were charged as adults in the 19th century, they were not committing as many crimes and the crime rates were not as high. Since the justice system is too lenient on juveniles, they should be tried and charged as adults.”
Seniors who applied were able to obtain greater research and writing experience along with the possibility of winning a scholarship. Brittenum won a $1,500 scholarship, and it will be applied to her college of choice this fall.

From left are Sally Lockee, Marian Brittenum, Capt. Gary Lockee and James M. Teague.

From left are Sally Lockee, Marian Brittenum, Capt. Gary Lockee and James M. Teague.