The Carson City School District’s Board of Trustees honored nine student winners of the 21st annual American Citizen Essay Contest during Tuesday’s board meeting.
First place received $100; second, $50; and third, $30.
Grade level winners include the following.
Elementary School Level:
First place - Hunter Budd, fifth grade, Seeliger Elementary School
Second place - Imilia Gonzales, fifth grade, Seeliger Elementary School
Third place - Dylan Hickox, fifth grade, Seeliger Elementary School
Middle School Level:
First place - Landon Park, eighth grade, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School
Second place - Grant Carman, sixth grade, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School
Third place - Tristan Dries, eighth grade, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School
High School Level:
First place - Hannah Budd, ninth grade, Carson High School
Second place - Avery Coleman, ninth grade, Carson High School
Third place - Gloria Dooley, ninth grade, Carson High School
The annual contest began in 2002 to honor the memory and events of Sept. 11, 2001. There were 199 total entries (43 elementary, 64 middle school and 92 high school). Essays were judged within each grade level as they followed adherence to the topic, their quality of writing and their originality of thought. The topic this year was the following:
"Patriot Day, the holiday in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, is a national day of service. Why is service important for citizens? How do you or how could you serve in your community?"
Any public, charter, private or homeschooled student in Carson City was able to participate in the contest. Essays were no longer than five pages but could be as short as the student desired. The essay could also have been handwritten or typed.
The contest was announced Sept. 26 and completed essays were due Oct. 19. The first page of the essay included the student’s first and last name, his or her age, grade, telephone number, teacher’s name and school. Included here are the first-place winning essays for Elementary, Middle and High School levels.