Oasis student writes winning essay

Oasis Academy student McKenna Jaques stands with her letter notifying the school of her winning essay; her English teacher Berenice de Leon, who submitted the student essays, is in the background.

Oasis Academy student McKenna Jaques stands with her letter notifying the school of her winning essay; her English teacher Berenice de Leon, who submitted the student essays, is in the background.

Oasis Academy College Prep student McKenna Jaques, who will enter ninth grade next month, wrote a winning essay for the “Discover Your Nevada” essay contest in spring — out of 160 submissions.

Submitted by her English teacher, Berenice de Leon, Jaques’ winning entry was a quick assignment the student said; yet in a letter from the Department of Education Northern Nevada office, it said, “The judges were impressed with the tone, irony and sense of wonder she conveyed in the essay.”

As a reward, Jaques, her mother and Jaques’ best friend will be touring Nevada sites including ghost towns in August with the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

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