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January 24, 2014

Starke wins Harlem Globetrotter essay contest

An essay about a student’s favorite teacher landed him the opportunity to meet a couple of the members of the Harlem Globetrotters team.

Jonathan Starke, a fourth-grader at Mays Elementary School won the essay contest which allowed him to meet two of the team members at Wednesday night’s game. He took his friend and personal photographer Savannah Snow along with him to the meet and greet.

“When I found out I won the essay contest I wasn’t fazed by it until I realized it really did happen,” Starke said. “I had no idea I would be the winner. I didn’t know how many other kids had entered.” Starke said he wrote the essay in about four hours over a period of two days.

Starke was unfamiliar with the Globetrotters until he researched them.

“This was all really new to me. I researched the team so I know a little information about them,” Starke said. “I didn’t have anyone in particular I wanted to meet.” In his research Starke found that two of the players were on the hit show “The Amazing Race.”

Starke said he likes basketball but doesn’t play much.

“My dad and I like to shoot hoops in our driveway, but other than that I don’t play that much,” Starke stated. “Winning the contest makes me a little more interested in watching basketball now.”

In his essay, Starke had many favorite teachers and not just one. He stated that Mays school was fun and exciting.

Runners up for the essay contest were Jenna Lawler, Nicholas Lawler and Elizabeth Amos. These participants won tickets to the game.

Contact: Kate Thurston at 765-932-2222, ext. 105

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