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Winning Grandparent of the Year essay

Makayla White is a fifth grade student from Adair Elementary School (ACES). Her essay below has been selected the Adair County and Mid-Cumberland Retired Teachers Association winner in the "2021-2022 Grandparent of the Year" essay contest.

By Makayla White

A Grandparent of the Year should be wise, funny, talkative, and caring. My great-grandpa is all of these things. His name is Jack Garrett, but I call him Papaw. Papaw is 95 years of age. He is from Corbin, Kentucky, but lives here in Columbia.

Papaw Jack loves the lake and also to fish and camp.


Because of his age he is not able to get out as much or to do these things as well as he used to. We still always celebrate his birthday at the lake so that he will have a chance to enjoy the water and be outdoors.

My grandpa knows a lot because he reads all the time. He mainly reads about presidents and history. Papaw likes to tell me about his history even though sometimes I can't tell if they are true stories or not. For example he told Carter, my older brother, and I a story about Bonnie and Clyde, but I'm not going to get into too much detail because he said not to tell anyone!

One of the most interesting things Papaw talks about is about him playing sports. He played basketball, baseball, and football in high school. When he got older he played professional basketball. His team, the House of David, went all the way to Germany to play against the Harlem Globetrotters. He was also on an exhibition baseball team. They went out on the field during the 7th inning stretch of major league baseball games and performed silly tricks.

For instance, they might have hit the ball and run the bases backwards or throw the ball between their legs to make an out. Speaking of silly things, Papaw is very silly himself. Every time I go to his house he pretends to be asleep. Next, he acts like he doesn't know my name. Then, he asks me where mamaw is, even though she's right there. Finally, he says he is going to school and will take the teacher an apple.

Papaw always asks me questions such as, "how's school going," "what's Carter been up to," or "are you still playing basketball?" After I answer his questions and we talk for a while, he will tell me all of the different things he did when he was a kid than what we do now. Things sure were different in the 1930s! Talking with Papaw has made me realize that things can change very suddenly.

As I mentioned earlier a Grandparent of the Year should be wise, funny, talkative, and caring. Papaw is wise because he has lived a long life and reads a lot about history. He is funny because he tells us silly stories and plays tricks on us. He is caring because he always asks me questions about my life and likes to talk with me about it. If you ever had a chance to meet him yourself you would understand why I think he should be the Grandparent of the Year.


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Makayla White and her great grandfather Jack Garrett



2022-03-10 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Mark Fudge.
Makayla White, a fifth grade student from Adair Elementary School (ACES), has been selected the Adair County and Mid-Cumberland Retired Teachers Association winner in the "2021-2022 Grandparent of the Year" essay contest for her essay about her great grandfather, Jack Garrett.

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