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2019 Essay Competition Winners Annouced

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 6th Annual Essay and Video Competition.  This year we received a record number of amazing submissions.  Our judges were unanimous in suggesting that theirs was an extremely difficult task given the sheer number of outstanding submissions.  Teachers and parents, you can be very proud!

This is what we found:  the best essays (high school) and letters (middle school) reflected not only accurate information about Mrs. Lacks’ story, but a thoughtful interrogation of ideas and the definite presence of voice.  The authors of the winning submissions had something important to say and communicated it in the pages of their manuscripts forcefully and often creatively.

The names of the winners and honorable mentions are listed below.  You can also read the winning submissions by clicking here.

First, Second, and Third Place Winners

First Place | High School
Mary Kumcheva,
Eastern Technical High School

First Place | Middle School
Joshua Adams,
Southampton Middle School

First Place | Special Needs
DeSean Dennis,
Claremont High School

Second Place | High School
Adam Elyounsi
Eastern Technical High School

Second Place | Middle School
Lucinda Hobson
Mount Washington Middle School

Abby Mangan
Octorara Jr. Sr. High School, Atglen, PA

Second Place | Special Needs
Lashawn Gallatin
Claremont High School

Third Place | High School
Mary Robeyko
Eastern Technical High School

Third Place | Middle School
Abdul’l-Karim Nash
Mount Washington School

Third Place Special Needs
Rashad Foster,
Claremont High School