Pawling Public Radio’s Education Committee is pleased to announce the winners of our annual student writing contest.
Every spring, Pawling Public Radio sponsors a student writing contest for local 7th-12th graders, with a winner chosen in every grade level. All winners receive award certificates, some excellent PPR swag, and the opportunity to read their winning essays on the air. The 11th grade winner additionally receives the “Edward R. Murrow Book Award” and the 12th grade winner receives a $250 scholarship.
The topic for this year’s contest was “Literary Selfie.” Students were asked to write a self-portrait, focusing on questions like, “What is the core of who you are?” and “What are you passionate about?”
The essays were evaluated and scored by a panel of three judges. This year’s judges were Lisa D’Ottavio, Amy Foster, and Joan Roberts.
The winner of this year’s $250 scholarship for a graduating senior is Rebecca Nguyen, who received a perfect score from all three judges. Miss Nguyen is a student at Dover High School, and this is the first time the Pawling Public Radio scholarship will go to a student from the Dover Union Free School District.
The other winners of the contest are:
7th Grade —Avalon Lebenthal, Mizzentop Day School
8th Grade– Hannah Reck, Mizzentop Day School
10th Grade– Anna Chiacchia, Pawling High School
11th Grade–Sam Lozano, Pawling High School
There was no winner for 9th grade, because there were no essays submitted by 9th graders. Competition was stiffest for 11th graders, because 38 students submitted essays at that grade level. Awards certificates and prizes will be delivered to all winning students at their schools this week.
The members of PPR’s Education Committee are Susan Stone, Eliza Goff, Paula Boeglin, Mike Grannis, Amy Foster, Joan Roberts, Stacy Dumont, Lisa D’Ottavio, Carol Kantor, and Amy Emke. The committee thanks all of the students who entered the contest and offers hearty congratulations to the winners!