With Father’s Day this past Sunday, The Laker/Lutz News wanted to help to celebrate all dads.
Readers were asked to send in a photo of their favorite “dad,” along with a short story on why he deserved to win.
Winning entries were chosen by People’s Choice and Publisher’s Choice.
Congratulations to these two ‘top’ dads in our #TheLakerTopPop photo contest.
Keyllan Cannon, of Lutz, nominated her husband, Jackson, who was the People’s Choice with the most votes.
Keyllan had this to say: “My husband, Jackson Cannon, became a father fairly young. He was only 20 when we married and 21 when our first child was born. Yet he has possessed a natural inclination toward fatherhood from the beginning. He is firm yet gentle, encouraging and protective. From the moment he learned we were having a baby, he has worked tirelessly to provide a loving, stable home for his family. We have grown to a family of five now, and I know he has looked to the example of his own father these last years, who is the epitome of hard work and perseverance.”
Jessica Valentin, of Wesley Chapel, nominated her husband, Anthony.
Her story warmed the heart of The Laker/Lutz News publisher, Diane Kortus, who chose Jessica’s entry for the Publisher’s Choice award.
Jessica said: “I know a picture says a thousand words, but I will add a few more to this one. Anthony is the BEST dad because he is a GIRL-DAD. He is their provider and protector above all. He gives them most of what they want, but all of what they need. He guides them and supports their ideas and interests to the point of exhaustion. Then wakes up the next day to do it again. They may have their eyes set on their futures and their goals, but he always has his eyes set on them. He is the best father in the world.”
The staff at The Laker/Lutz News thanks everyone who entered the contest, as there were many wonderful photos and story submissions.
Published June 23, 2021