MANASQUAN — Christian Breiner, 11, has been selected as the winner of the Holiday Essay Contest and will help light the borough’s Christmas Tree with Mayor Edward Donovan on Friday.
According to the announcement, which was made on Tuesday, Christian is a fifth grade student in Jaimee McMullen and Sarah King’s class at Manasquan Elementary School [MES].
Members of the chamber of commerce, which sponsors the Dec. 1 Candy Cane Hunt and Christmas Tree Lighting, judged the contest.
“It was a tough decision,” said Ray Summers, chair of the Manasquan Tourism Commission.
This was the first time Ms. McMullen and Ms. King’s class has participated in the contest; they assigned the essay as a take-home homework assignment.
Christian was one of about 20 students to submit an essay for this year’s essay contest. Participants included other MES students, in grades three through eight, Ms. Mc- Mullen said.
In 125 words or less, students were asked to write about “what Christmas means to me.” Christian wrote about his family and the importance of family time, his family’s “Italian feast” and a family tradition of sprinkling reindeer food for Santa’s four-legged helpers. He ended his essay with “Family is EVERYTHING.”
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