The Columbia County News-Times, Queensborough National Bank and Trust Co., and Cudos, sponsors of the Columbia County Father of the Year contest, invited readers to tell us why their fathers should be Columbia County's father of the year. The following are among the essays we received:
Nominated by McKenzie DeLancey, 9, Evans
I think my Dad (Timothy) is cooler than any other Dad because he is in the Army and is an artist! He is there when I and my brothers, Manney and Nathen need him. When I was six, he went to Iraq and he was there for a year. I missed him so much, but he still sent letters and pictures. Finally, he came home and we were so happy!
So we kept our lives moving and now, I am 9 and we are living here. He was going to go to Germany but they decided that he was not going to go, so he is still here right now. If he would have gone he had the choice to go for two years without my family going, or he could go for three years with us going. He would have gone with the two years so I could stay here and train with my gymnastics team.
A couple of days ago he took us camping! It was so much fun! Until a bad storm came and he got up at midnight to take the tent down and get us home safely. He was safe and sound but really wet! Those are some of the reason I think my Dad is the coolest.
The main reason that I feel my dad should be Dad of the Year is because he makes me proud that he chose to be in the Army to protect our family and the country.
Nominated by Gia, 9, Evans
Hello, my name is Gia and I am 9. The reason for writing an essay is to let you know my dad should be voted for Father of the Year. I am proud to be Fred Seard's daughter. He travels to a lot of places to save and help people. He loves to take care of the family and others.
That is why I think my dad needs to be Father of the Year. Please pick Fred Seard.
Nominated by Selina, 7, Evans
Hello! My name is Selina. I am 7 years old. I think my Dad should be named Father of the Year. His name is Fred. I think he is the best dad in the universe. Do you know why? This is why, he is kind, funny, full of jokes, takes care of everyone, travels to lots of places to save and help people, he also takes care of all the family members in the family.
That's why my Dad should be named Father of the Year. Please pick Fred Seard for Father of the Year.
Nominated by Krista Brantley, 12, Martinez
I think my daddy should be nominated for father of the year because he is the best daddy in the world. Here are the reasons. He is very supportive to me, like caring about my grades in school and chaperoning my field trips in school. He takes me places like shopping and vacations. He is proud of everything that I do at home and in school.
He spoils me rotten, by buying me almost anything I want. He protects me from bad situations. He loves me more than Earth. He does things for our community, like raising $8,000 for the CSRA Arthritis Walk for me and the Arthritis Foundation.
Rudolph (Rudy) C. Jolly Jr.
Nominated by Ryan Jolly, 7, Martinez
My Dad is the best. He plays X-Box with me and I let him win. Best of all he throws the football to me and I love him so much. He comes to my school to eat with me. He plays basketball with me.
Nominated by Will Stuckey, 11, Martinez
I nominate my dad for Father of the Year. He is a great person. He helps with homework and walks me to school. My dad plays games with me and talks to me about things.
I think my dad is a good example on me because he helps a homeless man everyday by giving him breakfast and money. He takes me camping and a lot of outdoor activities. My dad is very active with being a Rotarian and working, but he is just as active being a loving, caring father and that's why I love him. He should be Father of the Year.
Nominated by Neal Hollington, 16, Martinez
For as long as I can remember, my father has been a continuing source of guidance in my life, constantly instilling proper morals into my sister and me. During times of crisis, he is the one our family can turn to for comforting words of wisdom. He always tells a short story based on his life's experiences that helps to put the situation in perspective.
Although he works very hard as an attorney, he never forgets to make time for his family. Some of my fondest memories are of our family sitting around the table eating dinner together.
He may be one of Georgia's Super Lawyers, but he will always be a Super Dad to me.
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