By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — New Hampshire Motor Speedway mascot Milo and the Toyota Camry pace car greeted students on the first day of Middle School Wednesday.
The team from the speedway were there courtesy of eighth-grade student Jacob Guay, who was one of hundreds who wrote an essay over the summer about what the American flag means to him, but was one of just a handful in the state whose essay was a winner.
Jacob, whose father served in the Marine Corps, also plans on serving as a Marine. His favorite subjects are social studies and science.
NHMS spokesman Bill Quigley said the essay contest was part of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Children's Charities which, according to its website, has donated $250,000 to New Hampshire children since its inception in 2009.
As part of being named a winner in the essay contest, Jacob and his family will get tickets to the Sept. 25 NASCAR New England 300, which is the second chase race for the championship.
Quigley said the essay contest is part of the speedway's commitment to kids and the beginning of a program to provide $10 tickets for children 12 and younger.
Eighth-grade American flag essay winner Jacob Guay and New Hampshire Motor Speedway mascot Milo stand outside of the Gilford Middle School following an opening-day assembly. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)
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