The Salem Keizer Education Foundation has announced the winners in the first Why College is Awesome Essay Contest, sponsored by the Oregon College Savings Plan. For their winning essays, each student receives a $1,000 Oregon College Savings Plan account.
A total of 341 students submitted entries. Entries were read and scored by a committee of literacy and writing professionals.
Students were asked to paint a mental picture with drawings and/or words, keep the reader interested, and craft a creative, yet succinct expression of why going to college is an awesome experience.
Some student essays described how incredible it would be to be the first person in their family to attend college, while others knew the financial earning power a college diploma would provide.
Winners by grade:
Carter Parent, Myers Elementary
Ryder Story, Bennett Pearson Academy Charter
Mihir Joshi, McKinley Elementary
John Madland, McKinley Elementary
Camille Steen, Pringle Elementary
Mariana Acosta, Harritt Elementary
Jennifer Parker, Chapman Hill Elementary
Ian Tardif, Englewood Elementary
Julius Scott, Bush Elementary
Isabelle Knorr, Harritt Elementary
Megha Joshi, Pringle Elementary
Alyssa Khieu, Hammond Elementary
Emily Newton, Crossler Middle School
Daniel Zwemke, Whiteaker Middle School
Alaa Hussein, Claggett Creek Middle School
Ben Beckstrom, Walker Middle School
Blake Gerstner, Whiteaker Middle School
Clair Read, Houck Middle School
Khawater Hussein, McNary High School
Carolina Altamiroano, McNary High School
Lydia Nichol, home school
Michaela Roberts, North Salem High School
Delia Torres-Enciso, North Salem High School
Victoria Roseborough, South Salem High School
Giovanna Casas Reyes, West Salem High School
Bethany Johnson, Sprague High School
All contest awards are in the form of an Oregon College Savings Plan account. Winners will receive detailed information on how to claim their awards. All contest awards must be claimed by June 30, 2012.