A New Jersey girl hit a home run with an essay about her love for the Yankees, and now she will get to step up to the plate with her favorite players.
Isabella Ciaravino, 11, is one of nine youngsters to take home tickets to see the Yankees take on the Cincinnati Reds on July 26 after scoring with a winning entry in the Daily News Field of Dreams contest.
The sixth-grader will take the field with team members and other contest winners for the national anthem.
“I’m going to get to stand next to my favorite player on the field,” a giddy Isabella told the Daily News.
Grandpa's devotion to Yankee baseball turns boy into big fan
Isabella, who lives in Toms River, said her favorite players are Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner, and said she can’t wait to touch base with them.
In her essay, Isabella said her family’s Yankee love goes back several generations.
“My mother took me to my first Yankee game when I was 9 years old,” Isabella wrote. “She wanted to make sure I saw Derek Jeter before he retired. All my friends call my mother Jennifer Jeter because they know how much she loves him.”
In the mid-1960s, Isabella’s grandfather would ride the D train to Yankee Stadium, where he would buy a general admission ticket to cheer his team on from the bleachers with money he’d saved collecting bottles.
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“His heroes were Mickey Mantle, Bobby Murcer, Joe Pepitone and Roger Maris,” Isabella wrote, “ As he got older, so did the team. Faces changed but the Yankee tradition never did.”
Read the winning essay below:
When I think about what the Yankees Tradition means to me, I automatically think about “family.”
The Yankee Organization is like a family, especially when you look at how the entire team comes together both on and off the field to support one another.
This past year, I have enjoyed watching special “Yankee Traditions” with my own family such as: the day that they honored Derek Jeter, Old Timer’s Day at Yankee Stadium and just regular season baseball games. When my family watches these special Yankee moments, we talk about what it means to be a good sport and how to respect the game and the players.
By watching the Yankees, I have learned a lot about teamwork, patience and most of important … sportsmanship.
The Yankee Tradition continues with how the team supports their family by welcoming newcomers such as Greg Bird, Aaron Judge and Clint Frazier and encouraging these players to play their best game. Someday, I hope to wear their pinstripes and carry on the Yankee Tradition!
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In celebration of the critical importance of grandparents to North Dakota families, AARP North Dakota is once again sponsoring a “Why I Love My Grandparents” essay contest this summer.
See Also: AARP Grandparenting Resources
The free contest is open to North Dakota students ages 6-18 in public or private schools, elementary to high school. Deadline for submission of essays is Aug. 17.
“Grandparents are a pillar of emotional, spiritual and financial support to the contemporary family,” said Janis Cheney, AARP North Dakota’s State Director. “By sponsoring this essay contest, we hope to reinforce and celebrate the role grandparents play in our lives.”
One overall winner will receive a $500 grand prize at a ceremony in conjunction with Grandparents Day on Sept. 9. Second and third place overall winners will receive awards of $250 and $100.
Essays can be written about a grandparent or grandparents, living or deceased. Essays must be written in English and be typed or legibly handwritten. Essays should not exceed 300 words for elementary students (ages 6-10); 500 words for middle school students (ages 11-14); 750 words for high school students (ages 15-18).
Essays will be judged primarily on content and creativity, but also on grammar, punctuation, spelling, and penmanship.
Include your name, date of birth, mail address, e-mail address, and phone number with your entry. Mail entries to AARP North Dakota, Attn: Grandparents Day Essay Contest, 107 W. Main Ave., Suite 125, Bismarck, ND 58501. Fax to 701-255-2242. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete ‘Why I Love My Grandparents’ essay contest rules
The AARP North Dakota “Why I Love My Grandparents” essay contest is under way. Submission deadline is August 17, 2012.
Essays must comply with the following contest rules:
- Only one (1) essay may be submitted by each contestant and must reflect contestant’s own writing and original thinking.
- Essay can be written about a grandparent or grandparents, living or deceased.
- Essays must be written in English and be typed or legibly handwritten.
- Word count up to 300 words for elementary students (ages 6-10); 500 words for middle school students (ages 11-14); 750 words for high school students (ages 15-18).
Send essay to: AARP North Dakota, Attn: Grandparents Day Essay Contest, 107 W. Main Ave., Suite 125, Bismarck, ND 58501. Fax to 701-255-2242. Email to email@example.com.
Include your name, date of birth, mail address, e-mail address, and phone number with your entry.
AARP has the right to edit, publish or otherwise duplicate any essay entered into the contest without payment to the author. Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to the writers.
Eligibility Requirements: All students (in public, private and home schools) enrolled in grades 1-12 residing in the state of North Dakota are eligible for the essay contest. There is no cost to enter the contest. Students who have family members employed by or serving as Executive Council members of AARP North Dakota or serving as contest judges are not eligible to participate.
Judging will be completed by a panel of qualified judges. Scoring criteria will be identical for all divisions (Elementary, Middle, and High School). Essays will be judged using these criteria:
- Level of impact, influence, and significance: 40 points
- Creativity (Phrasing and style): 30 points
- Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling: 20 points
- Neatness/Penmanship: 10 points
Awards: The top entry in each division will qualify for the $500 grand prize. The winning essays will also be featured on the AARP North Dakota website. Statewide winner announced on or near September 9, 2012. One statewide first-place winner will be selected as the overall winner of the $500 grand prize. The statewide second-place winner will receive $250; and the statewide third place winner $100. All participants will receive a certificate of participation and gift.
Winners are solely responsible for paying all applicable federal, state, and local taxes as well as any other costs and expenses associated with the acceptance and use of any prize not specified herein as being awarded.