Isabel Snyder with her father, Matt. The third grade student was a runner-up in a contest writing about “what my father means to me.”
Isabel Snyder with her father, Matt. The third grade student was a runner-up in a contest writing about “what my father means to me.”
Isabel Snyder, a third grade student at St. John Lutheran School in Wykoff, has been chosen as one of three runner-up winners in the Father of the Year Essay Contest.

More than 7,000 student essays on "what my father means to me" were submitted in the contest. Isabel is the daughter of Matt and Wendy Snyder of Spring Valley.

The Father of the Year Essay Contest was created by the National Center for Fathering in 1992 to raise awareness about the importance of fathering. For the past decade the essay contest has helped connect over 1 million children, fathers, and families across the United States.

Isabel will be recognized as a runner-up essayist at the June 15 Celebration of Fatherhood. This year's special event will be held at the Illusion Theatre in downtown Minneapolis at 2 p.m., to be followed by a Twins baseball game at 6:10 p.m.

Community benefits of the essay contest: Students reflect upon and write about the relationship they have with their father; teachers gain insight into the lives of their students; and fathers receive affirmation and encouragement about their role as a father.

In addition to being recognized for her achievement, Isabel and her teacher, Dawn Schroeder, each won two tickets to the Twins game.