Why I Love Oregon Essay Contest

    Parrish Middle School student wins "Why I Love Oregon" essay contest.

    Jessica Amaro loves Oregon for the beautiful flowing rivers, the soft breezes that make her feel safe and the feelings of courage and bravery Oregon provides.

    Those are just a few of the reasons Amaro describes in her winning “Why I Love Oregon” essay. Salem-Keizer Education Foundation surprised the eighth-grader and her class with a Valentine’s Day party Tuesday, Feb. 14 in honor of Oregon’s birthday.

    The Parrish Middle School student also earned a $529 college savings account from Oregon College Savings Plan. Jessica’s essay was selected out of 137 entries from 10 Salem-Keizer middle schools.

    Stephanie Freeman, Jessica’s Language Arts teacher at Parrish, stated, “This honor could not be awarded to a more deserving student! Jessica is a creative, kind, and incredibly thoughtful young woman. I have had the privilege of watching her middle school journey, changing from the once slightly timid and quiet 6th grader to a mature and confident 8th grader, and I could not be more proud of her accomplishments. I look forward to hearing about the many future successes that await her.”

    The “Why I Love Oregon” essay contest provides student writers with the opportunity to share their opinions in a real and authentic way to an audience beyond the classroom. It gives them a chance to test the power of words and to witness the impact their writing can have on others.

    “I just love this particular contest because it ties so many things together,” stated Krina Lee, executive director of Salem-Keizer Education Foundation.

    Eighth-grader Molly Bone from Crossler Middle School was awarded second place and eighth-grader Logan Carter, also from Crossler Middle School, was awarded third place.