Richardson named winner in Gov. essay contest


April 28, 2014

Bailey Richardson’s winning way with words recently earned her a trip to the Governors’ Mansion and statewide recognition.

The Caneyville fifth grader was awarded First Place, Grades 4 - 6, in the Governor’s Mansion Centennial Essay Contest, sponsored by First Lady Jane Beshear, the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Centennial Committee, and the Kentucky Department of Education.

Accompanied by her parents, Robin and Robbie Richardson, and her teacher, Kristin Pierce, Richardson was recognized during a luncheon held Wednesday, April 23 with Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson. Governor Steve Beshear himself even surprised the winners with a brief visit.

The crowning moment came as an excerpt of Bailey’s essay was read aloud before the dignitaries and other winners gathered. More than 400 total entries were received in the contest. The winners’ work will remain on display at the Mansion during the Centennial Celebration alongside historical exhibits. It will then become part of the Mansion’s permanent collection.

In addition to the recognition, the Richardsons and Pierce received a VIP tour of the Mansion, complete with stories about its history and the families that have lived there. They also made time to visit the Capitol along with Senate and House Chambers, where Bailey took a turn at the podium. She proclaimed it all “an amazing experience.”

To read Bailey’s essay visit graysoncountyschools.com.