Several Lockhart ISD third graders recently participated in an essay contest sponsored by the Caldwell County Republican Women and the Dictionary Project. More than 350 students wrote essays about a time they spent with a friend. The essays were judged by a panel of fourth-grade teachers, and the winners were announced during a ceremony on Dec. 16, 2010. County Judge Tom Bonn presented the awards, which included gift certificates and award certificates. Winners were: Katie, first place, for "Chinese New Year with a Friend," Emma, second place, for "Creepy Campout," and Ruth, third place, for "Una día con mi amiga."