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    Girl wins contest with false essay about soldier dad...

    A young girl in Garland, Texas, won tickets to a Hanna Montana concert and a makeover, based on her false essay that started out talking about her soldier father dying this year in Iraq....

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont....5f8db4da.html

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    Wow. That's some serious pathology.

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    They're still going to fly the girl and 3 others to the concert. "We told a 6-year-old today that she was going to see Hannah Montana, and we're not going to renege on that," Ms. Ceballos said."

    Hmmm . . . That seems compassionate, but it's just teaching the little girl that cheating has big rewards.

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    What were the contest rules? Maybe it did NOT have to be a TRUE story?

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    It sounds to me like it's the mother doing the "cover-up" lying for the daughter; perhaps it was the mother's idea all along.

    And six-year-olds don't usually write "essays" anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STEADFAST View Post
    They're still going to fly the girl and 3 others to the concert. "We told a 6-year-old today that she was going to see Hannah Montana, and we're not going to renege on that," Ms. Ceballos said."

    Hmmm . . . That seems compassionate, but it's just teaching the little girl that cheating has big rewards.

    I have a feeling that her mother is already teaching her that.

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    I'd like to know what the subject for the essay was supposed to be and the rules.

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    Best as I could tell, it was one of those "why I should win" contests.

    I don't usually believe in punishing children for what their parents do, but in this case, I don't think the child should be given the tickets. That punishes all the children who did tell the truth.

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    It's possible the 6 year-old knew nothing about the essay. Very likely that mom just did it. Another example of a mom doing anything so their kid will 'win'.

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    Now, this is intriguing:

    "Club Libby Lu sponsored the essay contest. The company now says the statement about the father killed in Iraq is false.


    They say they never dreamed of having to do background checks on essays from little girls. They say the real truth of what happened is "even more disturbing." But so far, they won't say what that is."
    http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dw....5f8dcf02.html

    Huh? The truth about what happened to the father or the truth about what happened with the essay? What is it that is "more disturbing"?


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    Rules, maybe

    Wonder if this is the contest she was in? There could be more out there, that Hannah Montana stuff got nutsy there for awhile, didn't it?

    Dawson Julia, owner of Ticket Town in Fairfield, is giving away two high-priced tickets to an upcoming Hannah Montana concert and raffling off two more. The lowest priced face-value tickets of $26 are going for hundreds more. His office is decorated with concert photos and posters.


    For the raffle, each contestant is asked to mail a check or money order for $5 in the name of the Humane Society to: Ticket Town, 192 Main St., Fairfield, ME 04937; or bring the money to the Humane Society or Ticket Town.
    The deadline for raffle tickets is Nov. 28. Winners will be announced Dec. 6 in the Morning Sentinel newspaper, according to Julia. There is no limit to the number of tickets purchased.


    “There’s also two tickets to be given away for the stories,” Julia said. “We’re looking for whatever anybody wants to give us for a reason they think they should be the one to win the tickets.” Each essay entry is to be 500 words or less. The deadline is Nov. 28. Entries will not be accepted at the store, but must be submitted by mail to the same address mentioned for the raffle.

    http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/st...48342&ac=PHnws

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    Libby Lu has an arrangement with Disney to provide Hannah Montana experiences. Local stores have various contests and raffles, etc., to distribute the Hannah Montana experiences.

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    My middle daughter is Hanna Montana crazy but NO WAY would she be allowed to go if she lied/cheated to get the tickets. Now, the little girl is only 6 and wrote an essay about her dad dying in Iraq?? My 11 year old was writing at 4 and stories by 5 but something as deep as that, no way. I have to question the mothers honesty in this whole thing.

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    The parent entered this contest using the child's name. IMO
    Life isn't always fair, this family shouldn't have been given the trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STEADFAST View Post
    They're still going to fly the girl and 3 others to the concert. "We told a 6-year-old today that she was going to see Hannah Montana, and we're not going to renege on that," Ms. Ceballos said."

    Hmmm . . . That seems compassionate, but it's just teaching the little girl that cheating has big rewards.
    I actually think they did the right thing by the 6-year-old, but I just barely think that.

    Her Mom had to be behind this. Her Mom is teaching her that lying and cheating is okay. This is a crazy story - not cool at all. A terrible terrible thing to do with a 6-year-old.
    I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!

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