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Ottawa County Way Essay Challenge

Writers of all ages were invited to share their views in 1500 words or less about living, learning, working and playing in West Michigan through the "Ottawa County Way" Essay Challenge.

What is unique about living in Ottawa County, Michigan?
Are things done just a bit differently along the Lakeshore?
What is the history behind the singular nature of life in Ottawa County?
How true-or untrue-is that history?

The Ottawa Way Essay Contest Winners

First Place: Michael Scott Pearson
Second Place: Elizabeth Williams & Amanda Lambrix
Third Place: Katelyn Coffey

Outstanding Essays were also submitted by:
Sandi Stasko
Nadine Nordin
Karen Secor
Jill Bannink-Albrecht
Jane Longstreet
Agnes Green
Cassandra Perrin
Allen Ouzts