The Heppner Garden Club, under the direction of JoAnne Burleson, found a group of great freshmen. The local club sponsored 18 students from that grade at Heppner High School in the National Garden Club 2006-07 High School Essay Contest.

The topic this year was "Preserve the World's Delicate Tapestry." The students were scored on content, composition and manuscript with emphasis on the rain forest, rivers, oceans or the atmosphere.

All 18 entries from the students in Jean Collins' English Class entered the contets.

It turns out an 11th grader from Lincoln High School in Portland was the winner, who is two grades above the Heppner essayists.

Second place was won by Lacie Wagoner, third place by Erin Price and fourth place by Lane Wight - all freshmen at HHS.

The winners will be recognized at the state garden club convention in June in Eugene. The EO will publish the three winning essays, along with photos of the three in the future.

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