2010 Essay Sweepstakes

A Winner, South Dakota fifth grader has taken top prize in the 2010 AARP South Dakota Grandparent essay contest. The South Dakota Retired Teachers’ Association (SDRTA) presented Jadyn McCready, of Winner Middle with a $500 savings bond for her winning essay during the group’s annual convention in Pierre in early May. McCready attended the closing luncheon along with her parents and her Grandfather Glen McCready who was featured in essay, with Jadyn reading her winning essay to the group.

AARP South Dakota supports this program each year to highlight the important role Grandparents play in the lives of young people in South Dakota. In 2008, more than 8,300 children in South Dakota were living in grandparent-headed households. 4.1% of all children in the state. More than 5-thousand of those children are living there without either parent present.

This is the 8th year AARP South Dakota has supported the contest which is entirely organized by SDRTA. This year 16 SDRTA units participated. McCready’s essay was chosen from 1463 essays submitted by 56 participating schools statewide.

Livia Hiland, of Newell Elementary received a $300 savings bond for her second place essay. Jimmie Berkner of Koch Elementary in Milbank took third place, receiving a $200 savings bond.


By Jadyn McCready, Winner Middle School, Winner, SD

My Grandpa Glen McCready should be the AARP SD Grandparent of the year. My grandparent joined the army when he was 20 years old. He served in the Vietnam War. My grandpa’s a proud member of the V.F.W. He still supports the troops who protect our country. His name is on a memorial at the Winner Courthouse parking lot for being a Veteran. I got to have my picture taken with our Governor Mike Rounds and my grandpa in front of this memorial. I was proud!

My grandpa was Winner’s fire chief for 17 years. He decided to step down as fire chief this year. He can only be a firefighter until he is 60 years old. So, Grandpa will retire at the end of 2010, after 32 years of putting out fires and saving lives of people and animals.

My grandpa used to be a baseball umpire in South Dakota. He umpired many games including state tournaments. He has played baseball when he was my age, when he was in high school, and even after he became grandpa. Grandpa has always played catch with me since I was little. He always goes to my own games to cheer for me. My grandpa always takes me to baseball games with him when he has to work in the crow’s nest. Sometimes I even get to sing the National Anthem and work in the concession stand. When Clearfield had their 100 year celebration, my grandpa pitched the first inning of the old-timers game. My grandpa is an umpire in the Hall of Fame for the South Dakota Baseball Association.

My grandpa also takes me to basketball games. When I performed for GEMS, and when I play basketball he is there to watch me. My grandpa even shoots hoops with me to help me get better.

My grandpa takes me fishing, boating, and camping. One of the times we went camping; he took me, my friends, and their families on his pontoon boat. I caught my first Walleye with my grandpa on his pontoon. He even taught me how to drive his pontoon!

My grandpa has taught me the value of money and how to save. Whenever I have even a few dollars, he takes it to the bank where he works and puts it in my savings account. My grandpa never misses anything when it comes to me!

My grandpa has been a hero to his country by protecting our freedom. My grandpa has been a hero to his community by being a fireman and an outstanding citizen. And, my grandpa is a hero to me! He teaches me, spends time with me, and he attends all my events. Sometimes he even has to take me. He takes me to school every day and often picks me up from school. For these things that my outstanding grandpa has done, he deserves, and should be the “Outstanding AARP South Dakota Grandparent of the Year”.

Jadyn McCready
Winner Middle School
5th Grade
Winner, SD

Here are the winners of recent contests and sweepstakes on Boyslife.org:

Gift Guide Giveaway (December 2014)
– Lucas H., Montague, Mich.

Camping Maxx Giveaway (December 2014)
– Elijah S., Solvang, Calif.

BadgeMagic Giveaway (November 2014)
– Tara Y., Annapolis, Md.
– Brian T., Shanghai, China
– Travis S., Red Springs, N.C.
– Benjamin H., Idaho Falls, Id.
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Play It Up Giveaway (November 2014)
– Braiden H., Fairborn, Ohio
– Bradley H., Seattle, Wash.
– Weston S., Boxford, Mass.
– Braeden S., Grottoes, Va.
– Samuel G., Northport, Mich.
– Sam C., Massillon, Ohio
– Luke R., Hamilton, Ohio
– Nicholas S., Nampa, Idaho
– Nolan O., Eaton Rapids, Mich.
– Jonathan J., Dayton, Ohio
– Kason W., Woodstock, Va.
– Ella M., Palmetto, Fla.
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Solar Giveaway (October 2014)
– Keith M., Pikeville, Ky.
– Erik T., Arlington, Va.
– Tyler F., West Seneca, N.Y.

Space Camp giveaway (April 2014)
– Daelaun W., Resiterstown, Mo.

Guess the Fish Weight giveaway (April 2014)
– Liz D., Maryville, Ill.
– Robert S., Palm Coast, Fla.
– Eric M., Minneapolis, Minn.
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2013 Gift Guide Giveaway (December 2013)
– Michael K., Ypsilanti, Mich.

Xbox One giveaway (November 2013)
– Jacob L., Nashville, Tenn.

Lego books giveaway (November 2013)
– Grand prize: Dylan C., Ellenton, Fla.
– Laurie L., Chatham. Ill.
– Shane C., Berkley, Mich.
– Korey P., Saint Helens, Ore.
– Sophie A., Vineland, N.J.
– Simon C., Middleburg, Fla.

Nicholas Flamel giveaway (October 2013)
– Grand prize: Morgan C., Madera, Calif.
– Eli R., Arlington, Va.
– Douglas S., Garden City, Idaho
– Josh S., Evergreen, Colo.
– Sam E., New Prague, Minn.
– Nicolas H., Payson, Utah
– Sheri B., Peculiar, Mo.
– Julian F., Fairfax Station, Va.
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Spirit Animals book giveaway (September 2013)
– Samuel L., Indialantic, Fla.
– Yosef S., Atlanta, Ga.
– Drew B., Woodruff, S.C.
– Isaiah M., Oak Creek, Wis.
– Andrew B., Hatboro, Pa.
– Thomas N., Highlands Ranch, Colo.
– Ian B., Santa Clara, Calif.
– Josh S., Evergreen, Colo.
– Tyler B., Bartlett, Tenn.
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QB 1 book giveaway (September 2013)
– Kieran F., South Bend, Ind.
– Karen C., Philadelphia, Pa.
– Maggie G., Marietta, Ga.
– Ethan H., Foxboro Mass.
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Swindle book giveaway (August 2013)
– Jacob T., Elk Grove, Calif.
– Jonathon M., Clinton, Mich.
– Lanisa L., Rancho Cordova, Calif.
– Daniel B., Fairfax, Va.
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– Maggie G., Marietta, Ga.
– Sean T., Woodstock, Ga.
– Zayde Y., Wailuku, Hawaii
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Wii U and Disney Infinity giveaway (August 2013)
– Ari A., Lago Vista, Tex.

Killer Species: Menace from the Deep giveaway (August 2013)
– Sharon K., Wausau, Wis.
– Ifeanyi A., Belleville, N.J.
– RJ E., Portland, Ore.
– Dylan S., Lewiston, Me.
– Conner H., Cocoa, Fla.
– Daniel A., Seven Fields, Pa.
– Asa M., Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
– Mike E., Grand Ledge, Mich.
– Brett S., Reading, Mass.
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2014 World Almanac Giveaway (August 2013)
– Mack P., Chattanooga, Tenn.
– Jared B., Camp Verde, Ariz.
– Noah P., Tulsa, Okla.
– Daniel T., River Ridge, La.
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Air, Land, Sea Giveaway (July 2013)
– Seth B., North Canton, Ohio
– Daniel L., Liberty, Tex.

Lego photo contest (June 2013)
– Alex C., Lake Zurich, Ill.
– Isaac C., Los Angeles, Calif.
– DJ J., Goldvein, Va.

Comic Caption Contest (April 2013)
– Matthew R., East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Telescope Giveaway (February 2013)
– Andrew S., Bellevue, Neb.

Gift Guide Giveaway (December 2012)
– Tristan M., Flagstaff, Ariz.

Comic Caption Contest (December 2012)
– Nicholas W., Birdsboro, Pa.

BadgeMagic Stick With Us! giveaway (Nov. 2012)
– Nicholas W., Marietta, Ga.
– Bradley F., Annapolis, Md.
– Benito R., Concord, Ca.
– Jackson E., Montevallo, Ala.
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Wii U Giveaway (November 2012)
– Brandon R., Plainfield, Ill.

Baseball Card Giveaway (October 2012)
– Zachary G., Fort Worth, Tex.
– Camron B., Memphis, Tenn.
– Somsai N., Blacklick, Ohio

Choose Your Prize Giveaway (September 2012)
– iPod Touch: Jonah K., Florissant, Mo.
– Nintendo 3DS: Ethan C., Fredericksburg, Va.
– PS Vita: TBA

Comic Caption Contest (August 2012)
– Charles T., Estill Springs, Tenn.

Chewing Gum Giveaway (August 2012)
– Jared G., Collierville, Tenn.

Centennial Cover Showdown PlayStation Vita giveaway (March 2012)
– Zachary T., Statesville, N.C.
– Jimmy L., Pequannock, N.J.

Nintendo DSi XL giveaway (Jan. 2012)
– Tony G., New Auburn, Wis.
– Isaac W., Minneapolis, Kan.
– Dylan M., Newcastle, Wash.
– Andrew W., Payson, Utah
– Daniel V., Houston, Tex.

Gift Guide giveaway (Dec. 2012)
– Tim N., Fredericksburg, Va.

BadgeMagic Stick With Us! giveaway (Nov. 2011)
– Jacob O., Bennett, Colo.
– Dominic G., Reminderville, Ohio
– Robert R., Chesapeake, Va.
– Arun D., Sunnyvale, Calif.
– Gabrielle B., Raleigh, N.C.

Xbox 360 with Kinect giveaway (Nov. 2011)
– Vincent M., Underhill, Vt.

Indy 500 VIP Giveaway (Oct. 2011)
– Grand Prize: Matt L., Howell, N.J.
– Second Place: Damon M., Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.
– Second Place: Keith H., West Islip, N.Y.
– Second Place: Matt D., Greenville, N.C.
– Runner Up: Michael K., Ypsilanti, Mich.
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Guys Read Giveaway (October 2011)
– Robbie H., Montague, Mich.
– Jonathan S., Church Hill, Tenn.
– Colin W., Port Charlotte, Fla.
– Alex C., Lake Zurich, Ill.
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Land of Adventure photo contest (September 2011)
– Wyatt G., Conifer, Colo.

Nintendo 3DS Giveaway (April 2011)
– Oliver G., Waukee, Iowa

“Answer Pedro” Video Contest (April 2011)
– First Place: Aaron A., Seattle, Wa.
– Runner Up: Betzalel B., Atlanta, Ga.
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Get KINECTed! Giveaway (Jan. 2011)
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Toontown Contest (Dec. 2010)
– Jason P., Mission Viejo, Calif.
– Shane R., Sylvania, Ohio
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– Eythan B., Westminster, Co.
– Taylor B., Bethesda, Md.
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– Cole S., Princeton Junction, N.J.
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2010 Boys’ Life reading contest (Dec. 2010)
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Gift Guide Giveaway (Dec. 2010)
– Benjamin M., Burien, Wash.

Badge Magic Peel Me a Wiinner Sweepstakes (Nov. 2010)
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– Jason M., Yorba Linda, Calif.
– Jordan S., Centereach, N.Y.
– Dale E., St. Helena, Calif.
– Casey M., North Baltimore, Ohio

Drew Brees’ Giveaway (Sept. 2010)
1st Place
– Joseph G., Califon, N.J.
Runners Up
– Philip H., Highland Heights, Ohio
– Collin K., Tucker, Ga.
– Dallas K., Tresckow, Pa.
– Luke S., Fishers, Ind.
– Collin P., Gastonia, N.C.

Jamboree “How We Make Boys’ Life” contest (Sept. 2010)
– Quinn V., Sparta, N.J.

Jamboree patrol flag contest (Aug. 2010)
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Apple iPad “Find Pedro’s Flying Taco” Giveaway (July 2010)
– Ashton S., Thornton, Colo.

AED Video Contest sponsored by Cardiac Science (July 2010)
– Nathaniel S., Fayetteville, N.C.
– Ben R., Union City, Tenn.
– Aric L., Honolulu, Hawaii
– Jack G., Charlottesville, Va.
– Brian P., Clinton, Ohio
– Matthew T., Jacksonville, Fla.
(Click here to watch the winning videos or click here for more information about AEDs)

Banned by the Boss Joke Contest (June 2010)
– 1st Place: Evan T., Fishers, Ind.
– 2nd Place: Calvin C., Herriman, Utah
– 2nd Place: Max B., Topsham, Maine
– 3rd Place: Daniel B., Columbus, Ohio
– 3rd Place: Ben Z., Liverpool, N.Y.
– 3rd Place: Jared H., Acampo, Calif.
(Click here to watch the winning entries.)

Thrift Pledge Contest (April 2010)
– Jonathan G., Merrick, N.Y.
– Elijah W., Plant City, Fla.
– Joel B., Indiana, Pa.
– Alex H., Akron, Ohio
– Andrew E., Elko, Minn.
(Click here to read the winning pledges)

Campfire Magic Giveaway (April 2010)
– Bernard B., South Bound Brook, N.Y.
– Derek N., Clovis, Calif.
– Andrew B., New Braunfels, Tex.
– Joseph H., Cupertino, Calif.
– Joshua H., Omaha, Neb.
– Caleb H., Winchester, Ind.
– Casey T., St. Louis, Mo.
– Reilly K., Williamsburg, Va.
– Jacob B., Elkin, N.C.
– Nicholas L., Central City, Ky.
– Josh P., Brighton, Mich.
– Clayton W., Hephzibah, Ga.
– Joseph G., Califon, NJ
– Liam P., Elmhurst, Ill.
– Mateo C., Thornton, Co.
– Dallas K., Tresckow, Pa.
– Ian T., St. Paul, Minn.
– Nicolas K., San Ramon, Calif.
– Trevor S., McHenry, Ill.
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– Scott W., Richmond, Va.
– Cadell F., Needville, Tex.
– Jed R., Iuka, Miss.

Wii and Wii Sports Resort giveaway (March 2010)
– Michelle B., Oxford, Pa.

2009 Boys’ Life reading contest (Dec. 2009)
– Click here to read the winning essays

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs contest (Dec. 2009)
– Tyler M., Maryville, Tenn.
– Abhi B., Round Rock, Tex.
– Bryce B., Bremerton, Wash.
– Morgan C., Lakewood, Colo.
– Tucker W., Rochester, N.H.
– Nathanial C., Millersville, Penn.
– Cole M., Plymouth, Wis.
– Kade P., Trenton, Ohio
– Matt N., Forest Hill, Md.
– Robert S., Englishtown, N.J.
– Mark U., North Port, Fla.
– Cruise O., Savannah, Ga.
– Darrlen W., Diamond, Ohio
– Nicole S., Canton, Mass.
– Clark H., Franklin, Tenn.
– Ryan Z., Westfield, N.J.
– Koby G., Selden, N.Y.
– Nick C., Tucson, Ariz.
– Eric F., Macedonia, Ohio
– Issac H., Franklin, Tenn.

Ucreate Music sweepstakes (Dec. 2009)
– Neil F., Westmont, Ill.
– Edward C., Westchester, Ill.
– Nathan C., Chesterfield, Va.
– Dela A., Fremont, Calif.
– Kevin B., Vancouver, Wash.

Gift Guide sweepstakes (Dec. 2009)
– Paul M., Monroe, Mich.

Xbox 360 sweepstakes (Nov. 2009)
– Andrew B., Burlington, Conn.

BadgeMagic trivia sweepstakes (Nov. 2009)
– Brendan N., Raleigh, N.C.
– Will S., Odell, Neb.
– Jared G., Germantown, Tenn.
– Peyton M., Cornelius, N.C.
– Philip C., Eastover, S.C.

Join Scouting Video Contest (Oct. 2009)
– 1st place: John L., Sunnyvale, Calif.
– 2nd place: Ian U., Englewood, Ohio
– 3rd place: Christian E., Washingtonville, N.Y.
– 1st place: Rylan T., Greenville, Ky.
– 2nd place: Travis W., Oklahoma City, Okla.
– 3rd place: Matthew C., Grosse Ile, Mich.
– 1st place: Alexander S., Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
– 2nd place: Stephen B., Wayne, N.J.
– 3rd place: John L., Columbia, S.C.
(Click here to watch the winning entries)

Xbox 360 sweepstakes (Sep. 2009)
– Paul M., Monroe, Mich.

“Happy Birthday, BSA” photo contest (Sep. 2009)
– 1st place: Noah P., Whitefish, Mont.
– 2nd place: Alex M., Trenton, Ga.
– 3rd place: Troy M., Duluth, Minn.
– 1st place: Ryan N., Anaheim, Calif.
– 2nd place: Michael M., Spanish Fork, Utah
– 3rd place: Zachary R., Porterville, Calif.
(Click here to see the winning entries)

Flip HD camcorder sweepstakes (Aug. 2009)
– Allison F., Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
– Noah P., Whitefish, Mont.

Nintendo DSi sweepstakes (Jun. 2009)
– John P., Whitehall, N.Y.

Magic in a Minute weekly sweepstakes (May 2009)
– Justin S., Mansfield, Mass.
– Hayden L., Nicholson, Ga.
– Reid O., Milton, Pa.
– Joey R., Hodgenville, Ky.
– Justin B., North Providence, R.I.
– Timothy S., Bend, Ore.
– Alex A., Seymour, Wis.
– Caleb R., Norfolk, Neb.
– Jarrett C., Scarsdale, N.Y.
– Trevor W., Wellsville, Ohio

Wii and Wii Fit sweepstakes (Apr. 2009)
– Jonathan K., Roanoke, Tex.

Smoking Stinks Video Contest (Mar. 2009)
– Grand prize winner: Evan T., Fishers, Ind.
– Runner Up: Rylan T., Greenville, Ky.
– Runner Up: Wilson M., South Pasadena, Calif.
– Runner Up: Bryson R., Friendswood, Tex.
(Click here to watch the winning entries)

Sonic and the Black Knight sweepstakes
– Jacob L., Sugar Land, Tex.
– Vincent M., Gladstone, N.J.
– Damian O., Middletown, Del.
– Braeden L., Richmond, Va.
– Emily S., Childwold, N.Y.

Xbox 360 sweepstakes (Feb. 2009)
– Joseph V., East Northport, N.Y.


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