During a ceremony held March 26, Wadena Elementary School Grade 4 student Jenna Pomedli was awarded top honours in the SaskTel Pioneers provincial essay competition. Pioneers manager Darrell Liebrecht from Regina, and past-president of the Yorkton chapter Bob Hume of Saltcoats, were on hand to make the presentation.
SaskTel Pioneers is a volunteer organization that promotes volunteerism in the community. It was this idea that was to be used in the essay entries.
Jenna’s entry won the Yorkton chapter portion of the competition. Her winning essay was then forwarded on to the provincial level. There are 12 chapters in Saskatchewan to co-ordinate with, so the process took a while.
In his congratulatory remarks Liebrecht explained, “There were many good entries across the province but in the end Jenna’s essay clearly stood out above the rest.”
For her efforts, Jenna received two $500 cheques from the SaskTel Pioneers. One cheque will go to the charity of her choice, the Parkinson’s Society, and the second cheque is hers to cash and keep.
“Legos,” Jenna replied, when asked what she might purchase with her winnings. Despite many suggestions from her classmates, she decided she would probably save the rest.
Jenna’s winning essay focused on her family’s efforts to help raise funds for people like her grandfather who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
There are Parkinson’s walks in Regina and Saskatoon but they occur during the harvest, so Jenna’s mother Becky suggested they would most likely take part in the Wadena Charity of Choice Walk this year.
By Pat Casement