ROJH students win top honors for essays about parents


Ebony Harden

8th grader Julie Rayburn was one of four winners from ROJH for the Parent of the Year essay competition. She nominated her mom, Josie Rayburn. “I nominated my mom because I love her,” Rayburn said.

Jovanna Coronado, General Assignments Reporter

Two students from Red Oak Junior High were the top winners in Red Oak’s ISD annual “Parent of the Year” essay contest.

Zyaun Jones’s essay about his father and Julie Rayburn’s essay about her mother took top honors at the event on March 26. Zharia Ransom’s essay about her mother and Emily Smith’s essay about her father won at the campus level.

In order to win, each student had to write an essay about their mom or dad, explaining why they should be chosen for the award. The best essay won the parent a Father or Mother of the Year plaque.

“I wanted to do something nice for my mom, and I knew her birthday was coming up,” Ransom said.

The students wrote about how their parents inspire them.

“My dad has really encouraged me to do my best in everything I do and never give up,” Smith said.

The winning students’ parents were happy — and surprised — when their names were announced.

“[My mom] smiled really hard because we didn’t think she would win and when she heard her name she smiled at me and pushed me over a little bit,” Ransom said.

Zyaun Jones was one of four winners for Red Oak ISD's Parent of the Year essay contest.
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Zyaun Jones was one of four winners for Red Oak ISD’s Parent of the Year essay contest. He nominated his father, Gregory Jones. “I nominated my dad because he’s my role model,” Jones said.
Emily Smith nominated her father for "Parent of the Year." He was the overall winner for the district.
Emily Smith nominated her rathe, Everett Smith, for “Parent of the Year.” Her dad is her role model, Smith said.
Zharia Ransom nominated her mother for "Parent of the Year." Her mother won the award at the campus level.
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Zharia Ransom nominated her mother, Mahogany Byrd, for “Parent of the Year.” Her mother won the award at the campus level. “I nominated my mom because she’s so special,” Ransom said.