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MHS Sophomore Selected as Fatherhood Essay Finalist

Post Date:06/19/2020

Mundelein High School sophomore Dempsey Young has been selected as one of three finalists in a Fatherhood Essay Contest sponsored by the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative (IFI). She was chosen from a field of more than 2,700 entries. She and her soon-to-be stepfather will be honored at an IFI Fatherhood Dinner scheduled in August at the Union League Club of Chicago.

“She wrote this essay for class earlier this school year about her relationship with her stepdad,” said Angela McLaughlin, who co-taught Young along with Leah Kolcz in an English 2 course.

Dempsey made the first cut from 2,700 to 130 semifinalists and was then chosen as one of the three awardees.

In recognition of Father’s Day 2020…Here is the winning essay:

“My Polar Bear”

by Dempsey Young

You don’t have to be biologically related to have a bond. When I was sick, my “dad” stayed home and took care of me. He fed me broccoli cheddar soup as we watched “Father of the Bride.” We sat on the couch and fell asleep. That day he never left my side, he made me tea, and still got his work done. He would ask me if I was ok and always give me hugs. Chuck always found a way to make me laugh. That night before I went to bed I thought, “I’m so grateful for this man who loves and cares for me.”

My dad is not perfect, but he does the best he can. He is my Polar Bear, he protects and watches out for his cubs. One day I came home from a dramatic and stressful weekend from my biological father’s house. He knew something was wrong when I texted him. As soon as I walked in the door, I was greeted with hugs and kisses. He asked me what's wrong, and before I could say a word he said, “Whatever it is, we will talk about it later when you feel better. Now, just breathe.” 

As I grow up and become a parent, I hope that one day I will share the love and protection he has always had on our family. He brings kindness wherever he goes. He will always be my polar bear and will always protect and watch out for his cubs.

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