Duluth, MN (Northlands News Center) This year's winning essay in the 4th annual "Captain Ray Skelton River Quest Essay Contest," was written by a 6th grade student at St. James Catholic School.
Paul Foldesi (Fall–di–see) was presented the traveling award this morning in front of classmates and parents at the school's award ceremony.
Along with the plaque, Paul and his family will receive a tour of the Duluth Port and a family gift certificate for a Vista Tour boat ride.
Paul's winning essay focused on the information he gained while aboard the River Quest learning how to keep a safe and healthy river.
Paul said this morning, "We had to write an essay called the River Quest Essay. I had to write it a whole bunch of times."
"He mentioned many things in his essay; that he likes to fish, so evasive species was an important thing to him and he learned about how to take care of the water when he washes his car, wash it on the grass instead of the street. He was really good at weaving those connections on how he can use it on his life," said his 6th grade teacher Nadine Uremovich.
Today was the first time the award was given to a student at St. James School.