Students say moms are best in town
SG contest sponsors select three winners
by Paula Coughlan
SUGAR GROVEâ€”Three local mothers received a special honor just before Motherâ€™s Day, winning the Best Moms in Town contest.
They were among 28 moms who were nominated for the award, through essays their Kaneland middle- and high-school students wrote. The contest was sponsored by Audrey Ritchey of Tastefully Simple home parties, the Sugar Grove Public Library and the Elburn Herald.
Winner Veronica Price was nominated by her daughter Kailah. Kailah wrote that her mother is very involved with home-schooling and church activities, as well as Kailahâ€™s soccer games and violin lessons.
â€œMy mom gives a hug even when the person has done something bad. She gives up so many things for me,â€ she said.
Veronica said she felt humbled when she heard she had won.
â€œYou never really feel youâ€™re the best mother,â€ she said. â€œYou always feel you could do better.â€
The second winning mom, Pattie Pattermann, a Kaneland teacher for eighth-grade language arts, was nominated by her daughter Kylen. Kylen wrote that her mom always finds time to listen to her problems and said, â€œMy motherâ€™s wisdom always shines through. When I donâ€™t want to â€˜hear about itâ€™ because I think Iâ€™m smarter than her, I get hugs. I know my mom loves me. What more can I ask for?â€
Pattie said she was pleased and surprised when she won, especially since she didnâ€™t know her daughter had submitted an essay. Besides Kylen, she has two sons, one a junior in college and one graduating this month. She said she appreciates the sponsors and their gifts and the middle school for announcing the contest every morning.
â€œIâ€™m hoping that more students will participate in next yearâ€™s contest,â€ Pattie said.
The third winning mom, Sherri Gura of Montgomery, was nominated by her daughter Starla. Starla expressed admiration for her motherâ€™s strength during a divorce, and the loss of her own mother, brother and her five-year-old son from cancer. Starla said that when so many other people would have fallen apart, her mother was a source of strength that kept everyone else going.
In addition to Starla, she has two college-age sons.
â€œI knew that they were feeling what I was feeling,â€ Sherri said.
The day Sherri found out sheâ€™d won a Best Mom award, she was feeling down and then got the phone call.
â€œI donâ€™t feel strong, but Iâ€™m glad my daughter sees me that way,â€ she said.
Each winner received a beach bag worth $350 with prizes that included oil change coupons, massages, olive oil, movie tickets, chocolate, coffee, automatic toothbrushes and other gifts from local businesses, the Elburn Herald, Tastefully Simple, Longaburger Baskets and Mary Kay cosmetics. The Friends of the Sugar Grove Library chose the winners.
â€œIt was so difficult for them to choose,â€ Ritchey said. â€œEach one of the essays brought tears to our eyes for how thoughtful and heart-warming they were. They showed that these students really appreciated their mothers.â€
Beverly Holmes Hughes, library director, said, â€œAll three of the students (of the winning moms) said they wanted to be like their mothersâ€”that they knew being a mom was a sacrifice.â€
In addition to winners Veronica Price, Pattie Patermann and Sherri Gura, the other mothers whose children nominated them for the Best Mom in Town were Lisa Albrechs-Legorreoa, Julie Crabb, Margarette Darst, Laura Long, Annmarie Martons, Laura McPhee, Mrs. Packard, Marybridget Prince, Laura Remes, Jenny Reuland, Juanita Singh, Becky Staley, Kim Emmanouil, Tina Goodacre, Michelle Jurcenko, Cindy Prost, Judy Van Bogaert, Kim Wendling, Sally Alef, Kelly Rosenwinke, Cindi Strobel, Terry Lamb, Lynn McHenry and Angela Orr.
Photo: Veronica Price, Pattie Patermann and Sheri Gura. Courtesy photos