Cumberland Times-News

May 1, 2013

Area girl wins essay contest

Greg Larry
Cumberland Times-News

— CRESAPTOWN — Fourth grade students at Cresaptown Elementary School made a strong showing in a Maryland Municipal League writing contest, including first place winner 10-year-old Caitlin Rosenberger.

Rosenberger took the top spot in District Seven, made up of Allegany and Garrett counties, in the statewide essay writing contest called, “If I Were Mayor, I Would ...”

“We’re thrilled. This young lady is a great writer,” said Roxanne Reuse, principal of Cresaptown Elementary.

Rosenberger, the daughter of Jeffrey and Amanda Rosenberger of Cresaptown, will travel to Annapolis on May 14, where she will get to meet either Gov. Martin O’Malley or Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Rosenberger will receive a $100 prize and get to enjoy a boat ride on the Chesapeake Bay.

“I’m so excited. My teacher called me over and told me, and I’m like ‘Oh my gosh, I won and I’m getting a trip to Annapolis.’ I’m so happy,” said Rosenberger.

Rosenberger’s teacher is Tania Pressman.

“I’m really proud of her. Her writing has gotten even better since she did the essay. It seemed like it gave her a lot of confidence,” said Pressman.

In class they got to talk about the role of a mayor, a governor and a president, said Pressman. They really had to think about realistic things that they could do within their community to make it better.

“The focus was on being realistic. What are some changes we could make in the local community,” said Pressman.

Rosenberger’s five-paragraph essay encouraged politicians to work together, favored attracting new businesses by lowering taxes and called for the holding of town meetings with citizens.

The Maryland Municipal League said it seeks to empower children to dream big, make a difference and think about a future as a public servant through the writing contest.

The contest’s second and third place finishers in District Seven were also from Cresaptown Elementary. Janna Barton from teacher Misty Dotson’s class finished second while Dylan Meader of Mandy Abe’s class finished third.

“The first, second and third place awards went to boys and girls of Cresaptown school. We are proud of all three of them,” said Reuse.

“They are thinking outside of themselves, they’re thinking about the people around them, and that is so important,” said Pressman.

Increasing police enforcement at schools and community events with the goal of making the community safe for children and families was another desire Rosenberger included in her essay.

She also called for politicians to work together as a team.

“We are always trying to improve their writing skills. It’s nice when they take it seriously and know enough about what they are writing about to write a good essay,” said Reuse.

Rosenberger said the boat ride will be her favorite part of the trip.

“The coolest thing will be looking out over the boat,” said Rosenberger.

Rosenberger said she hopes to be an author when she grows up.

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