Archive for Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Eddy’s essay nets a day fishing with the Governor

June 21, 2000

Fishing and writing are two things that Jonathan Eddy likes to do in his free time.

The eight-year-old combined the interests by writing an essay about the joy of fishing for the "Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs Essay" contest and won a day on the lake with Gov. Bill Graves.

"It was fun to fish with the Governor," said Jonathan. "We talked about fishing and things we liked."

Jonathan and Gov. Graves fished together on June 7 during the fourth-annual Governor's Fishing Classic. The fishing tournament took place at the Coffey County Lake and was a benefit for the Kansas Wildscape Foundation.

In his essay Jonathan wrote, "The reason I like fishing is because it's not really a sport that you can win or lose. You just sort of do it, and hopefully catch a fish! Besides, I always have fun even if I don't catch a fish."

According to Wildscape Jonathan's essay, "indicated his love for fishing and contained some excellent thoughts on keeping a positive attitude in life Jonathan indicated it is just as important to try as it is to succeed; a thought everyone could use in our daily lives."

For winning the contest Jonathan fished with Gov. Graves during the tournament, received a special recognition plaque, and was featured in a picture with the governor.

Jonathan who said, "no one likes to be skunked" in his essay had such luck during the day, but he said he had a small mouth that "was probably a keeper" on his line.

Most importantly he had fun and, according to the young writer and fisherman, that is all that counts.

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