THE WINNING NOMINATION
Father: Douglas A. Wilson
Essay by Thomas Wilson, age 16
To me, my Dad is "The Dad of the Universe."
December 12th, 2002, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and struggled 24 days in the hospital with my dad at my bedside every night.
He was very tired, yet always encouraging. While doing this, he was chief leader of your church Boy Scouts, a church officer, taught Sunday school, coached two basketball teams, was there for our family, which includes my mom, three sisters and younger brother.
He continues to take me to monthly appointments, is very involved in not only my recovery, but also my life. He is a loving and faithful father and husband. If anyone should get this award it should be him: Douglas A. Wilson ... even my nurses at MCG think so!
Gary Lee with his daughter Ashleigh Lee.
By Ashleigh Lee, age 12
I think that my father should be Father of the Year for two reasons. Reason one is because he loved me enough to adopt me. Reason two because he works hard everyday and still spends time with myself and my two sisters and my baby brother.
No matter how tired he is after a long day at work. I love him more than anything in this world, and God has blessed me by giving me a dad who cares and loves me as I am!
By Parveen Dhillon
My dad, Inderpal Dhillon, is the epitome of the word "father."
He is fun, amicable, terrific, happy, easygoing and respected. He works extremely hard as he successfully balances his work as an electrical engineer at SRS with his duties as an entrepreneur in the convenient story industry, yet he still stresses the importance of quality family time on a daily basis.
Although many fathers fret about the responsibilities of raising their own children, my father willingly adopted and continues to raise two of my cousins. As each day comes to an end and I hear about family tragedies around the world, I now realize that many men can father children, but only a man, such as my dad, can truthfully earn the title of "Father of the Year."
By Warren Berg, age 9, Martinez
I think my dad should be named Columbia County's Father of the Year because he cares about the whole family, helps me do my homework and he saves the money needed for my college.
Dad takes us on vacation in the summer and winter. He also taught me how to swim, dive and ride a bike.
By Mary Catherine Hydrick, Martinez
Phillip Hydrick with daughter Mary Catherine Hydrick.
My Daddy, Phillip V. Hydrick, is the best Father because he is very loving to my mommy and me.
He works very hard to earn money to take care of me. He gets me up and ready for school and makes sure I have a good breakfast. He teaches me things like riding a bike, playing basketball and lets me help build or fix things around the house.
Daddy helps a lot of people at work because he is a funeral director. He teaches Sunday School and helps people who need help. My Daddy loves me very much.
By Taylor Abelman, age 10
I think my daddy should be awarded Father of the Year because he would give up an afternoon of golf (his favorite sport) to spend time with me.
My daddy always tells me how much he loves me. He takes me on special dates and always gets me a root beer float (my favorite dessert). I know that whatever I need my daddy will always be there for me. That's why in my heart and eyes my daddy is Father of the Year and should be Columbia County's also.
Mike Ziemba and daughter Andrea
By Andrea Ziemba, age 11
My dad's name is Mike Ziemba. He is the greatest dad in the world.
Dad helps me with my homework and to study for tests. He works hard at his job at Kimberly Clark, but he still has time to play with my mom, brother and me. Dad plays softball for the church. If they win or lose he always comes home with a smile on. He's a wonderful, nice and caring man. He is awesome and is helpful.
I love you dad!
By Autumn Walden, fifth grade, Bel Air Elementary
I think that my father, Thomas Walden, should be Father of the Year.
He should be Father of the Year because he loves me, he cares about me and spends time with me. He's funny and always acting silly. He loves music just like me.
He loves playing soccer, basketball and jumping on the trampoline with me and my sister. He tells me new things everyday. Sometimes we stay up late and watch movies together. That's why my Father, Thomas Walden, is the Father of the Year to me.
By Veda Berg, age 7, Martinez
I think my dad should be named Columbia County's father of the year because he works hard to support the family. He takes us to vacations. He helps me do my homework and he taught me how to ride my bike.
To my Dad, who is my friend, Your loving daughter, Nissa.
My father is the best dad in the world. He encourages me to keep on trying. For example, if I make a bad grade we review the test together. He doesn't get real upset if I failed a test, he just helps me study and keeps encouraging me.
My dad isn't just a dad, he is my friend too. He is a very important part of my life. My dad is always there for me. When I get home from school, I call him at work and leave funny messages on his recorder. He always calls me right back, and we talk. Whenever he comes home from work, I am so glad to see him.
One night about 3 or 4 a.m., I got very sick. I cried out for my mom and dad, but my voice was so low and my chest so tight, it was very hard for me to breathe; they could not hear me. I called a friend about 20 or 30 times, but no one answered. I tried one more time, and finally they answered the phone. My friend called my house, and my parents answered the phone. She told them about me. They came into my room and gave me my inhaler.
I expected my dad to give me some medicine and then tell me to go back to sleep, but after giving me the medicine, he laid down with me and talked to me to make sure I was ok. He slept beside me the rest of the night. This made me feel so good and thankful that he is my dad.
I know nothing could ever replace my dad and the love and fun we have together. I love my dad. He is a great example to me. And he is the BEST dad in the world. Happy Father's Day Daddy and thanks for being the Best Dad in the World.
Thomas Murphy Jr.
By Majorca Murphy (oldest daughter)
My father, Thomas Murphy Jr., is qualified to be honored as Father of the Year.
My father has made sure that our family is loved and cared for. He makes sure that he has time to spend with my two siblings, myself and our mother even being the busy man that he is. He instills values and morals that my siblings and I will live by.
Not only does he have an important role in our family, but he plays an important father figure role, in our community, as a diligent JROTC instructor, and (at) Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church.
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