Newcomerstown Middle School students recently entered the 12th annual essay contest sponsored by The Animal & Child Abuse Committee (ACAP) of the Tuscarawas County Family & Children First Council. Essays were to be a minimum of 200 words, and this year's topic was "The good things I have learned from my pet." In the sixth grade category, Newcomerstown Middle School students claimed all three prizes. Taking first place was Katheryn Beckett, granddaughter of John and Joyce Beckett; second place winner was Calvin Ringer, son of Matt and Cathy Ringer; and third place went to Amber Lawrence, daughter of Gabe and Katie Lawrence. These students, along with other area winners, were recognized at an awards ceremony and banquet in New Philadelphia on April 5. Pictured, l to r, are Beckett, Lawrence, Ringer, along with their English Language Arts teacher, Mrs. Shelley Cline.