Photo by Lorie Palmer
Ten-year-old Dylan Klapprich reads his winning essay.
As of Tuesday, November 21, 2017
GRANGEVILLE Dylan Klapprich of Cottonwood knows the meaning of compassion.
After all, the fourth-grade boy, a student at Prairie Elementary School did win first place in an essay contest about compassion.
However, that’s only half the story.
Klapprich was announced the winner of the American Girl Doll essay contest at Grangeville Centennial Library Thursday evening, Nov. 16. His prize was the Nez Perce doll, Kaya, donated to the library. The doll was part of a giveaway promoted earlier this year by American Girl and the Nez Perce Tribe.
What’s a 10-year-old boy to do with an 18-inch doll? Well, that’s the other half of the story.
“It’s for my little sister, Ruby,” he smiled.
Little Ruby, just 2, may not understand the significance of this gift for a few years, but others at the library understood.
“When we heard he had entered the contest to try and win for his sister, we thought that was really special,” said librarian Angie Norman, who presented Dylan with a toy as well.
Kaya is a fictional Nez Perce girl whose story is told in the pages of the books and whose likeness is personified in the 18-inch-tall dolls manufactured by American Girl through the Mattel corporation. The doll retails for approximately $130.
In Klapprich’s essay, he defined compassion and then explained how he wanted to be compassionate toward his Great Uncle Tom.
“I want to help him out because he’s getting older and is not able to do a lot of things. He is funny, a little crazy, and really likes to play card games. He is also very generous and passionate. What I like to do with him the most is play Old Maid because it is really funny to see him fall for the same trick almost every time.”
He ended with, “Compassion means being kind, caring, sympathetic and willing to help others. A little compassion in today’s world will go a long way.”
Klapprich is the son of Heath and Tara Klapprich and may understand compassion a bit more than others his age: He has five sisters.
Second-place winner in the essay contest was Ruby Young and third was Ally Brown, who each received Kaya chapter books. Honorable mentions went to Sophia Gallagher of Grangeville and Katelynn Riener of Cottonwood.