Courtney Cowing, a Windsor Elementary sixth-grade student, was named the winner of the Canines for Charity National Essay and Art Contest for grades 6-8.

Carson Appel, also a Windsor Elementary student, was named runner-up. The students wrote an essay about the day they got their pet and illustrated pictures of their pets.

The national contest is run by Pam and Floyd Dunn of Canines for Charity. The Wyoming organization has raised funds for charities for more than 20 years through their dog sledding events.

Cowing is the daughter of Aaron and Melissa Cowing, of Windsor, and Michelle Boucher and Mickey Wing, of Albion. Appel is the son of Bill Appel and Suzanne Brown, of Windsor.

Cowing received a $50 cash prize for her winning work.

For more information, visit www.caninesforcharity.org.

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