Winter 2014 Issue
In this issue we are featuring the winners of the 2013-2014 Rural Voices Youth Contest sponsored by the North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC), Beloit, Kansas.
First Place Written Entry
Rural Kansas…An Investment Worth Making
By Kristin McGatlin
Linn High School
As I enter through the giant double doors of the school, I am giddy with excitement. Nervously, I make my way down the hall to my first hour class, Biology I. Stepping inside the crowded classroom, I take a seat in an old desk and turn bright red when the back of the chair makes a horrifying squeaking noise. The surface of the desk is cracked and bent, marred with profanity etched into the wood. The bell rings, and the teacher signals for the class to quiet down, as she starts to pass out the textbooks. When I hear the “thump” of my book hitting the desktop’s wooden surface, my enthusiasm quickly turns to disappointment as I survey the schoolbook. The cover has been partially torn off, and opening to the first page, I notice extensive scribbles and
doodles in the margins. Sadly, pages in the book are yellowed and crumpled from years of use and abuse. Some have been ripped out completely.
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First Place Video Entry
My Home: Bennington, Kansas
By Erica Jones
Bennington High School
The Rural Voices Contest is sponsored by the North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC), Beloit, Kansas. Each year high school seniors in North Central Kansas are invited to prepare an original essay or video. The theme for the 2013-2014 contest was “Rural Kansas…An Investment Worth Making.”
Participants were asked to address the following questions in their entries.
1.) How would you invest $1 million to improve your rural Kansas community?
To learn more about the Rural Voices Youth Contest, click here.