To South Grove Elementary’s bus No. 5 and bus driver Fred Shonk, Nov. 4 wasn’t this month’s only Election Day. On Monday, Shonk and the fourth, fifth and sixth graders he shuttles to school in Beech Grove held the fifth annual Bus 5 Turkey Gobbling Contest.
The students nominated two gobblers from each grade to give their best turkey impressions. “Those participants were encouraged to practice at home, at school, at the bus stop and any other location except on Bus No. 5 until the morning of the contest,” Shonk said. The nominated students included fourth graders Eric Ekis and Weston Taylor, fifth graders Adrienne Heckler and January Campbell and sixth graders Cassidy Bruner and Erich Tetrich.
When the bus arrived at South Grove on Monday, the six contestants walked to the front of the bus, faced their peers and did their best gobbling. Each bus rider voted on his or her official ballot and turned it in to Shonk. During the day, he tallied the votes, and on the afternoon trip, he announced the winners and awarded their prizes. Taylor won both the fourth grade title and the distinction of grand champion, Heckler took fifth grade, and Bruner won for sixth.
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