Lily Eckstein with family members and county officialsRipley County, In. — The Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) and SRI, Inc. have named a local fourth grader as the National County Government Week essay contest winner for the AIC’s Southeast District.Lily Eckstein’s essay was chosen over entries from other fourth graders across the district. Eckstein, a student at St. Nicholas Elementary School, received $100 for winning the contest. One winner was chosen in each of the AIC’s six districts.This year’s theme was “Ensuring the Administration of the Indiana Elections Process.” Essays were judged on how well students discussed the county’s role in the election process.Eckstein was awarded the prize last week during the AIC Southeast District Meeting in Switzerland County. The meeting also included a synopsis of the 2019 Indiana Legislative Session by AIC legislative staff.