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Essay contest finalists announced

Gov. John Hoeven announced 10 finalists out of 1,500 students statewide, kindergarten through sixth grade, who participated in a student essay contest.

Gov. John Hoeven announced 10 finalists out of 1,500 students statewide, kindergarten through sixth grade, who participated in a student essay contest.

The students wrote about the importance of spending time with family at the dinner table.

Studies show that children who eat dinner with their families are less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol.

The 10 finalists include:

- Tanner Aasen, third grade, Mohall School.

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- Tia Davis, fourth grade, Carrington Elementary School.

- Megan Girodat, sixth grade, Milnor School.

- Carolyn Griffith, fifth grade, New Testament Baptist School, Larimore.

- Erik Hobbs, sixth grade, Jim Hill Middle School, Minot.

- Karly Ironshield, fifth grade, Central Middle School, Devils Lake.

- Sean Lengenfelder, sixth grade, Apple Creek Elementary School, Bismarck.

- Jon Pavlicek, sixth grade, Linton Public School.

- Lindsey Sand, sixth grade, Steele-Dawson Public School.

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- Alexandra Vecchia, fourth grade, Cathedral School, Bismarck.

The 10 finalists will attend a governor's award ceremony at 1 p.m. Dec. 30 at the state Capitol, when the winning essay will be announced.

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