CHAUTAUQUA LAKE – Two fourth graders in Chautauqua County recently went fishing with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello after winning the county’s annual fishing essay contest.
Isabella Buckley, a fourth grader from Northern Chautauqua Catholic School, and Connor Horner, a fourth grader from Panama Central School, won after their essays were selected out of 362 entries.
The contest asked students in third through sixth grades from across the county to write about what they and their classmates could do to help preserve Chautauqua County’s rivers, lakes and ponds for fishing and enjoying nature.
This year the board selected 47 winners who all received fishing poles and certificates. From the group of winners, the County Executive selected the two grand prize winners to go on a fishing trip.
“With five lakes, a river and countless creeks and streams, our county is a world-class place to fish,” said Borrello. “Keeping kids active in outdoor recreation like fishing is an important part of maintaining our unique quality of life in Chautauqua County. I truly appreciate everything that the dedicated members of the advisory board do to work with our youth and keep them engaged about protecting and preserving our wonderful natural assets like our water.”
Joining the winners and Borrello on the trip were Isabella’s mother, Connor’s father, Borrello’s Executive Assistant Dan Heitzenrater and Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board Member and Owner of Chautauqua Reel Outdoors Mike Sperry.
The contest has been held annually since 1992, with no essay being held in 2000.