Published On: Thu, Nov 7th, 2013

LCC student wins national honor

COLERIDGE — An essay written by a Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Middle School student has won a national award.

Trent Lubberstedt, a seventh grade student at the Middle School in Coleridge, has been notified he was one of the winners in the Northwestern Division, Class II, American Legion Auxiliary Americanism Essay Contest.

Lubberstedt’s essay was on the freedom he enjoys most — the freedom of speech.

Lubberstedt believes it is important because “you can say what you want, speak out for what you believe is right and question your government.”

Lubberstedt’s essay included some good advice: “You should watch what you say and who you are saying it to though, because if you’re talking back to an adult you can get into trouble.”

Giving a compliment to another person is also a good thing to do.

“That would really make someone’s day,” Lubberstedt said.

Lubberstedt’s essay progressed through several levels of competition before the win at the national level.

Lubberstedt wrote the essay last spring when he was in the sixth grade.

The essay won on the local level with the Coleridge American Legion Auxiliary Post 114, advanced to District Three competition and then won at state.

The next step was the Northwestern Division which covers several states.

Lubberstedt received a $50 prize and an additional $50 was donated in Lubberstedt’s name to the American Legion Auxiliary’s Children of Warriors National Presidents Scholarship fund.

Over-all prize money for Lubberstedt totaled $125.


Lubberstedt said his English and Writing teacher, Patti Cunningham, had given the students some examples of different freedoms that are enjoyed in the United States.

“Mrs. Cunningham did not help us write the essays. She only helped on the punctuation and spelling,” Lubberstedt said. “We had about a week to write the essay.”

Lubberstedt was surprised his essay had won so many times.

“Writing is not my favorite thing to do,” he said. “I like Math and Science.”


Lubberstedt’s favorite activity is baseball.

Lubberstedt is the son of Darin and Mari Lubberstedt and has a younger brother, Ty. The family lives in Laurel.