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Crocker Elementary contest winners will spend Wednesday with city mayor
Crocker Elementary contest winners will spend Wednesday with city mayor

Mayor Linda Wilson shows the winning picture drawn by second-grader Madison Gan.
CROCKER, Mo. (May 10, 2010) — Two Crocker Elementary School students, second-grader Madison Gan and sixth-grader Shelbe Walsh, will eat lunch with Crocker Mayor Linda Wilson and tour various city buildings after winning a picture and essay contest sponsored by the Crocker Chamber of Commerce.

The picture contest was for students from kindergarten to second grade; Gan drew a colored picture of Frisco Park. Older students in grades 3 to 6 had the opportunity to enter an essay contest and Walsh’s one-page essay was on why the Crocker softball field is her favorite location in the city. Both entries were selected as best in their respective categories by judges from the local chamber who reviewed dozens of submissions.

“For a second-grader it’s really a pretty good picture of Frisco Park with the caboose,” Wilson said. “Of course we have grass and the sky and the sun, and we have the caboose and the bandstand and also in the background you can see the train going through … I think it’s sort of the landmark. The reason Crocker was established in this location was because of the train, and I thought it was really important. I think when the judges judged this, probably this was one of the key factors.”

Even the park’s name comes from the old name for what is now known as the BNSF railroad but when built known as the “Frisco,” referring to a rail line leading to San Francisco.

The essay won by Walsh detailed why the softball field is her favorite place in Crocker.

“She gave a very well-done description of why the softball field was her favorite place,” Wilson said. “The judges were from the chamber. They had three separate judges, two of them worked together and one didn’t. I was told that they used totally different criteria but these were the definite winners.”

The two students will be picked up from school about 11 a.m. by the mayor and Police Chief Stephen North for lunch, followed by a tour of city hall, the police department, the fire department, public works department and the Old Depot Museum.

Walsh and Gan learned of their selection at a May 4 appreciation breakfast hosted by the local chamber for Crocker businesses.

“We had a full house,” Wilson said. “We had a nice business participation and of course the children were there with their parents … I’ve had good comments back to me that everyone really enjoyed the breakfast and they liked the gathering of the community.”

Other items announced at the breakfast include that the Crocker sidewalk project should be completed on June 25 rather than July 1. Crocker’s veterans memorial has also been placed in Frisco Park.

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