Angel Wynn’s assignment from fifth grade teacher Beth Howard at Black Mountain Elementary School was to write an essay on “Why my Grandparent should be the AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year.”
Some 300 words later and advancement through the judging process, Wynn has won several awards and now awaits a presentation in Louisville where she and her grandmother will be honored.
During a recent meeting of the Harlan County Retired Teachers Association, Wynn was introduced to the group of former educators as the school winner, county winner and regional winner. She has already been invited to Louisville for the state AARP meeting where she and her grandmother, Louada Wynn, will be honored for her first place essay, winning over entries from all across the state.
Louada Wynn and her husband, Royce, have raised Angel since she was a baby. Angel calls her grandmother “mom.”
In the essay, she wrote that her grandmother is “a great cook, a hard worker and a really kind and amazing person. She also took care of me since I was 2 days old because my mom died when she was having me. My dad and I lived with my grandma and pap because he was so busy working. He was a funeral director, so that’s why my grandma and pap had to take care of me. Then two months later my dad died in a motorcycle accident. Ever since then my grandma and pap have raised me like I was their own child.”
Her grandfather is retired from the Harlan County School District, while her grandmother continues to work as an instructional assistant at Evarts Elementary School “and helps children all day.”
The essay details the hectic life her grandmother lives taking care of her and working, being involved at church and so much more.
“She is wonderful and astonishing,” wrote Angel. “I really admire the way that she keeps going and going like the Energizer Bunny.”
Howard said she uses the contest as an assignment for her students and was elated to learn Wynn, who recently transferred to Evarts Elementary School, won the contest.
“For all that Angel has lost, she is an incredible girl. I know she has been a blessing to her family as she has been a blessing to me also,” said Howard. “She is very sweet and always has a smile on her face. I am very proud of her accomplishment.”
Angel says she has had all A’s on her report card and quickly adds, “I like writing.”
She said she likes to squirrel hunt, ride horses, swim and play sports such as basketball and softball. She often plays the piano at Black Mountain Baptist Church. She has also volunteered with her family at Christ’s Hands.