Photo by Cali Soper
A video of the winning entry in the Bulletin's eclipse essay contest is posted at the bottom of the front page of our website, on the right side.Here are some of the myths that children in the North Platte area created in the essay contest.
• A man-made time change that reversed day and night.
• A cantaloupe tossed by a young girl.
• A magical pony that could fly.
• Two dragons that are star-crossed lovers.
The clear winner was Cali Soper, 13, of North Platte, who not only created a mythological story about the two dragons -- Eclipsim -- and drew exquisite art to illustrate her fable.
Cali and four other winners -- Rebecca Kneipp (3rd grade), Mason Kroon (4th), Amanda Phillips (5th) and Joanna Smith, 14, in the contest each received a hardback copy of the National Geographic Space Encyclopedia, children’s edition, compliments of the Bulletin.
Congratulations and thank you to all our entrants.
Most of the essay entries were published in the Bulletin’s print editions on Aug. 2 and Aug. 9, as space allowed.
Also, British Astrophysicist Graham Jones paid tribute to Cali at https://tensentences.com/2017/08/25/eclipsim-and-other-eclipse-stories/
Jones initially approached the Bulletin about holding an essay contest. We are indebted to him for his outreach from across the world.