SUMMIT, NJ - Lucy Duttenhofer, a fifth grader at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, won second place in the Summit Elks Lodge No. 1246 Americanism Essay Contest on the subject of the importance of voting.

Duttenhofer, of Summit, earned the second place finish among her division of fifth- and sixth-grade students, earning praise and a 2016 United States Silver Eagle Coin for her one-page essay.

“Especially in light of these challenging political times, it renews our faith in the future of democracy when the next generation understands the importance of voting,” said Leslie Smith, Lower School social studies teacher. “I am so proud of Lucy. It’s active citizenship in action.”

Duttenhofer’s essay, along with others honored at a recent Elks ceremony in Summit, will be submitted to the Americanism Chairman of the East Central District for further consideration. Winners at the district level will then be forwarded on for state and, potentially, national consideration.