Seventh-grader Anna Schwartz and eighth-grader Aiden Robinson were named the first and third place winners, respectively, in the 2019 Enlighten America Essay Contest sponsored by the Achim/Gate City Lodge of B'nai B'rith International.
The essay contest for Middle School students requires students to reflect on the concepts of tolerance, equality, and respect for all people, as viewed by the founders of our country, while also stressing civic harmony over violence and equality over prejudice. Participants were asked to write about the significance of the contest theme -- respect for our diversity in race, religion, national origin, gender, disability, and sexual orientation -- by thinking about the issues of bigotry and prejudice, and how such issues have, or have not, been addressed in recent years. More than 50 entries were received.
Anna will be awarded a $750 prize for her essay, Subconscious Biases: The Elephant in the Room, and Aiden will receive a $250 prize for his essay, Am I Safe? Additionally, Woodward will receive a $500 award. Both students will be presented with their award at the Middle School's May 23 end of year assembly.