Local 12-year-old to read contest-winning essay for Obama

Out of more than 100,000 students in Southeast Texas Westley Pollard III was picked to read his essay about how to combat crime for President Obama.

Westley won the "Do the Write Thing Challenge," an essay contest where middle school students from across the county write about youth violence and what should be done about it.

This Odom Academy seventh grader wrote about the violence in our world today from burglaries to shootings to bullying in schools.

To combat this violence Westley proposed a program called "Stop the Madness."

"It's a program about helping kids and how to make them happy so they won't be upset so they won't be upset later on in life so they won't start wanting to be violent," said Westley. "I want other people to learn that you don't always have to be violent to solve your problems."

There will be about 30 students from across the nation, who won this essay contest, heading to Washington DC this weekend.

Westley and Emily Nicole Lafley from Vidor will represent Southeast Texas and read their essays for all of congress and the president at a banquet on Monday.

The essays will be published in a book, which will be kept in the congressional library.


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