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Second Annual National Pawn Mother's Day Essay Contest Winners Announced

$5,000 given to local schools: Aversboro Elementary, Garner and Efland-Cheeks, Mebane

PRLog - May 18, 2012 - RALEIGH, N.C. -- David Rivera, a second grade student at Aversboro Elementary in Wake County, and Natalia Garay, a fifth grade student at Efland-Cheeks Elementary in Orange County, submitted the winning essays in the Second Annual Mother's Day essay contest sponsored by National Pawn. The topic of the essay was, "My Mother." David’s teacher is Ms. Sheryl Weichbrodt, and Natalia’s teacher is Mrs. Anna Toone. Each student won their mother a pair of 1 carat total weight, solitaire diamond earrings.  David and Natalia each received a $2,500 check to their schools for supplies.  Also, the students were presented their essays professionally framed, along with a gift certificate for $100.  

"I believe in actively encouraging education and supporting schools as a rule, and I feel that it is especially important during these times of declining tax revenues and shrinking budgets," said Moulton. "It was my intent to motivate the students to creatively express their feelings for their mothers or other strong female role models, as well as reward the teachers and the individual schools where the winners attend."

The contest was open to all K-5 students in the three major Triangle school districts: Durham, Orange, and Wake, as well as New Hanover County with a prize offered in each of the four counties. No entries were received from Durham or New Hanover Counties.

About the Judges
Reese Pierceall is Lead Instructor for Communications in the Fine Arts Dept at Wake Technical Community College. Ms. Pierceall teaches many communications courses and serves as mentor for other instructors in the department.

Vallonda Calloway is the host of NBC-17's My Carolina Today.  She is also familiar to Triangle audiences from her career as reporter and anchor at WRAL.

Melody Butts is the Education reporter for the Durham Herald-Sun newspaper.  Her primary focus is stories related to K-12 education in the Triangle.

About National Pawn
National Pawn (www.pawndeals.com) has been serving customers since 1987. With eight stores throughout the Triangle and Wilmington, National Pawn is an industry leader. The company has grown thanks to the tens of thousands of satisfied customers. The professionals at National Pawn pride themselves on offering exemplary customer service, cash loans and bargains on pre-enjoyed merchandise.

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