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8th-graders with the write stuff

In June, the Masons’ Whiteface Mountain Lodge in Saranac Lake honored five Saranac Lake Middle School students at the Masonic Temple as winners of lodge’s annual Eighth Grade Essay Contest. From left, front row, are Mitchell Ellsworth, first place; Sofia Kelting, second place; Jordanna Samburgh, third place; Kailyn Mader and Brooklyn Shumway, honorable mentions. In the back row, from left, are Brother Bill Short, trustee; Brother Bob Brown, chaplain; W. Russ DeFonce, master; Brother Rich Holmlund, secretary; R.W. Bill Gutersloh, district deputy; and Brother Victor Burman, senior warden. (Photo provided)