Pawling Public Radio Student Essay Contest Winners 2013
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Pawling Public Radio is pleased to announce the 2013 winners of our annual writing contest. This year’s subject was in keeping with PPR’s year long anti-bullying initiative. Winning essays can be read right here on our website on the 2013 Essay Contest page which may be accessed on the banner at the top of the home page. PPR looks forward to our three winners recording their winning submissions for broadcast.
This year’s winners were Angela Impastato, from Mizzentop Day School, in the seventh grade division and Jaclyn Smith , from Pawing Middle School, in the eighth grade division. Winner of the High School division is senior Tori Tanner from Pawling High School. Tori will receive the Pawling Public Radio Scholarship for Excellence in Writing, an award of $250.00.
All winners have also received some pretty nifty PPR Swag, along with winner certificates. Congrats to all!!!
PPR’s Writing Contest Generates Discussion
The 8th Graders of Pawling Central Middle School have taken a number of steps to dialogue about Anti-bullying efforts and the joint community involvement surrounding the initiative. English class has emerged as the avenue to entertain these discussions.
Second Step lessons throughout the year addressed the dangers of stereotyping, labeling and isolating peers. Students came to recognize that others can learn from modeled behavior. Additionally, by sharing their Pawling Public Radio Writing Contest essays aloud, there was reflection, problem-solving and perspective. Acknowledging varying points of view is a component of the newly-implemented Common Core Learning Standards.
Currently, the students in Mrs. Kaprinski’s class are reading excerpts from Firoozeh Dumas’ memoirs, Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without an Accent. While the theme centers on shared humanity, the author encourages readers to look beyond the language we speak or the religion we follow. It is about how we connect as people and how underneath the surface, we are all very much the same.