Turning a ‘screw up’ into college

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 09:33 AM.

Somehow in preparing the plaques and distributing awards to the various counties in the region, the paperwork for Butts ended up buried in a pile on a secretary’s desk and the plaque emerged as the only indication Butts had a winning essay.

“It was a screw-up but it was a wonderful screw-up,” Knox said. “It turned out fabulous. Josh is a good writer and a good student. So is Chance. I knew those two would do a great job.”

And, so, two months after Pittman had his day in the spotlight, it was Butts’ turn.

Butts wrote about former Gov. Jeb Bush and his education initiatives.

Speak to Butts for a few moments, and it is understandable that Bush would resonate with a young man who enjoys his studies.

“I chose him because of his education plan,” Butts said. “I like school. I want good grades.

“We were one of the bottom states in education and he brought it to the top. He had a six-part plan. It’s important to be at the top. I can say I live here and in Florida I am part of one of the top education systems.”

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