Imagine being in sixth grade and not being able to attend outdoor education camp because of budget cuts.
Now imagine being the student who won the entire sixth-grade class an all-expenses-paid trip to an outdoor camp with an essay written in about 10 minutes about the environment.
That is exactly what 12-year-old Maddison Robbins did for her Marine View Middle School classmates with an essay titled "How Kids Can Help Change Earth." Maddison won her peers a three-day, two-night trip to the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center.
"I got a lot of hugs that day," she said.
Maddison's was one of hundreds of essays submitted around Orange County to the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center's essay contest.
Irvine Ranch Executive Director Joan Horton, who read close to 500 essays, said all the essays from Marine View were outstanding, but Maddison's stood out as beautifully written.
Although Maddison's was her top pick, Horton narrowed the essays down to the top 10 to read to her staff. When Maddison's essay was read, it caused a stir in her employees, she said.