Templeton wins award in sportsmanship contest

Mexico Middle School  seventh grader Mason Templeton won a first place in the Missouri State High School Activities Association Junior High Sportsmanship essay contest. Mason was the top finisher in the northeast district, one of the state's eight competition districts.
All students in seventh and eighth grade in the state are invited to participate in the annual contest. This year's topic was "How can good sportsmanship/citizenship have a positive effect on our community or school?"
Middle School Principal Deb Hill-Haag was pleased with Mason's representation of the school. "We are extremely proud of Mason's accomplishment," she said. "Communicating effectively through writing is one of our focuses at MMS and we are pleased his ability to do so has been recognized."
As the northeast winner, Mason received a  number of prizes which included a water bottle, t-shirts, and coupons to local attractions. He and his family members also will be guests of MSHSAA this summer at the  annual Sportsmanship Summit. The summit will be Aug. 9 at Francis Howell Central High School. Mason will have his photo in various MSHSAA publications.
Mason's essay was submitted by Rusty Creed, athletic director at Mexico Middle School. "Mason is one of several outstanding young leaders in our building," Creed said. "His essay and this reward show how well prepared he is to contribute to those around him in the future. It's nice to see such a great young man recognized."
Jason West, communications director for MSHSAA, said the essay content, in its 15th year, is a good way to introduce students to the sportsmanship which will be expected of them at the high school level. "We look forward each year to this opportunity to get the message of sportsmanship into the schools," he said. "A number of schools use this essay contest as a way to promote good citizenship and sportsmanship, and as a writing assignment in their curriculum for persuasive essay writing."
Mason is the son of Zach and Laura Templeton of Mexico.