Community Financial hosted Presidents’ Day Essay Contest

PLYMOUTH, MI (March 30, 2017) — Community Financial Credit Union recently hosted a Presidents’ Day Essay Contest for students in Grades 4-8. Students were asked, “Which USA President would you like to have lunch with and why?”

Student winners received the prize of lunch for their classroom with Community Financial President and CEO Bill Lawton, and a $50 prize.  Second and third place essay winners received $25 each. This year’s winners were recognized at an open house event at the Plymouth Historical Museum in February.

Luke Apap, from Canton Charter Academy, was the 1st place winner in the Middle School category. He wrote about John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK), and was intrigued by JFK’s choices in office and his support of the space program. Elisa Allard from Liberty Middle School, and Annabelle Zhen from Discovery Middle School, were the 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Elizabeth Risch, from Winchester Elementary in Northville, was the first place winner in the Elementary School category. In her essay, she discussed having lunch with George Washington so she could learn things not found in books. Ashley Reberg from Thornton Creek Elementary, and Gage Ellis from Farrand Elementary, were the 2nd and 3rd place elementary winners.

“Congratulating these students, and their teachers, is always a highlight for me,” expressed CEO Bill Lawton. “Making the presidential connection for students by hosting it at the Plymouth Historical Museum was an added bonus. During lunch, the students asked thoughtful and provoking questions.”

The Presidents’ Day Essay contest is an annual contest hosted by Community Financial to support education and help teachers meet Core Competency goals. For more information on Community Financial, and its Student-Run Credit Union Program, visit

About Community Financial Credit Union

Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, membership in Community Financial Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Michigan. With more than 69,000 members, Community Financial provides financial services to members at twelve branch locations and through a variety of automated and online services. For more complete membership information, visit or call (877) 937-2328.


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