EVARTS, Ky (WYMT) - A grandmother in Harlan County was just named Kentucky's Grandparent of the Year. It is all thanks to her granddaughter's kind words written in an essay contest.
Angel Wynn and her grandmother, Lou, have a special bond. So when she had to describe their relationship on paper, the words came easily.
"We had to write an essay about why our grandparent should be the AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year. She is a great cook and a really kind and amazing person," said Angel Wynn.
But there is another reason why she thought her grandmother was so deserving.
"My mom died when she was having me. Then ten months later, my dad died in a motorcycle accident," said Angel Wynn.
Since Angel was two days old, Lou Wynn has been much more than just grandma.
"I call her my mom," said Angel Wynn.
Angel's story won her the contest.
"It was just always mom and I just always felt so honored because she had a wonderful, wonderful mother and so I felt honored carrying that title for her," said Lou Wynn.
Angel's teacher, Beth Howard, who helped her out along the way, said she admires her student's hard work.
"I learned a lot about my kids through this essay," said Howard.
For Lou Wynn, who is now Kentucky's Grandparent of the Year, she could not be more proud.
"At first I thought, okay an essay. Okay, I have written essays. You know, no big deal. But then when it finally dawned on me what she had done, I was just captivated," said Lou Wynn.
Angel's essay beat out other student essays from more than 200 schools in 87 counties across the state. She attends elementary school in Evarts.