Awesome Essays Worth $529 for College
Twenty-six local students have written a new chapter into the 34th annual Awesome 3000. The Salem-Keizer Education Foundation has announced the winners of the third annual Why College is Awesome essay contest. Sponsored by the Oregon College Savings Plan, the essay winners each receive a $529 Oregon College Savings Plan account.
Read and scored by a committee of literacy and writing professionals, 362 students submitted entries including 119 elementary students from 14 schools, 98 middle school students from 11 schools and 145 students from 6 high schools. Students were asked to paint a mental picture with drawings and/or words, keep the reader interested, and give a creative, and succinct expression of why going to college is an awesome experience.
The essays discussed a wide variety of topics, including everything from the college experience, to working for their dream careers, to being the first person in their family to obtain a college education.
Cathy McInnis, College and Career Specialist for the Salem-Keizer School District, served as a scorer on the committee. After reading dozens of essays, she spoke of the importance of having this sort of contest for younger students.
“It’s so important to plant that seed early,” she said. “They’re sharing their vision of Why College is Awesome.”
As a scorer, McInnis said she’s looking for essays that set students apart.
“Tell me your story. I look for that story that has some meaning to it.”
Why College is Awesome Essay Contest Winners for 2016
Madison Morrow – Sumpter Elementary School
Micah Kolb – Forest Ridge Elementary School
Harrison Buckingham – McKinley Elementary School
Lillian Neria – Lee Elementary School
Isabella Morrow – Sumpter Elementary School
Adilene Garcia-Hernandez – Washington Elementary School
Ava Grice – Chapman Hill Elementary
Kiara Peterson – Chavez Elementary
Isaac Santiago Martinez – Washington Elementary
Lizeth Chavez Hernandez – Washington Elementary
Kaydence Nguyen – Hammond Elementary
Kaylan Ma – Lee Elementary
Jane Ramos Arredondo – Waldo Middle School
Leah Bjornsrud – Crossler Middle School
Alika Wolf – Crossler Middle School
Takoda Wheeler – Straub Middle School
Miriam Garcia – Stephens Middle School
Karlee Lathrop – Stephens Middle School
Eden McCall – Sprague High School
Elizabeth Seare – West Salem High School
Roopbir Singh – Sprague High School
Hannah Sonnen – West Salem High School
Parker Cepeda – South Salem High School
Ruth Huggins – South Salem High School
Olivia Hyman – West Salem High School
Fallon Dunham – McNary High School