DOVER -- The Norma Johnson Center (NJC) has announced the winners of its 2012 spring essay contest.

The winners will receive their honors and read their essays during the annual NJC recognition banquet March 29 in St John's United Church of Christ, 409 N. Wooster Ave., Dover.

First place, Christine Gossett, Indian Hills Christian School; second, Alex Johnson, Dover East Elementary; and tied for third place, Kira Skye McHale, Dellroy Elementary, and Mitchell Russell, of Newcomerstown West Elementary. All the students are in the fifth grade.

Honorable mentions went to Amanda Demuth, third grade, East Elementary in New Philadelphia; Alaina McCort, fourth grade, Newcomerstown West Elementary; Camrynn Maurer, third grade, Dover South Elementary; and Sarah Gamble, fifth grade, Newcomerstown West Elementary.

The first, second and third place winners will receive cash prizes, a one-year Norma Johnson Center family membership and a T-shirt. Honorable mentions will also receive T-shirts.

The recognition banquet will start with a silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The evening's program will include a talk by guest speaker, Tom Patton, a mountain climber who has scaled Mt. Everest.

Also on the agenda will be the recognition of the Golden Oak honorees, including Nicole Miles of Claymont's Park Elementary, who organized her students to make teddy bears and quilts out of recycled materials for a raffle to raise $900 for a conservation group.

Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $11.50 for children.

For information or to register, call Marsha Zoller, NJC director, at 330-339-7976.