Essay Contest

Announcing 2008
Essay Contest Winners

The results for the 2008 Essay Contest are in! With hundreds of entries divided among the three categories, we were thrilled with the creativity and talent displayed by the homeschool students who participated from all over the country and the world.

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This year, students were asked to argue for or against certain international proverbs.

In Category I, students ages 7 to 10 critiqued either the Scottish proverb,“Be slow in choosing a friend but slower in changing him,” or the Irish saying,“The work praises the man.”

For Category II, students ages 11 to 14 commented on either the saying from Madagascar, “Nothing is so difficult that diligence cannot master it,” or the Belgian proverb, “He who does not wish for little things does not deserve big things.”

Finally, in Category III, students ages 15 to 19 examined either the Egyptian proverb, “A beautiful thing is never perfect,” or the Italian saying, “To him that watches, everything is revealed.”

Below you will find the top five essays in each category as well as see the names of the finalists. To read the essays simply click on the names of the winners (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Thank you to all who participated! The proceeds from the contest will go to the Home School Foundation’s Special Needs Children’s Fund.

2008 Essay Contest Winners


First Place
Emily Casado
Clovis, CA

Second Place
Malcolm Weinert
Lincoln, NE

Third Place
Anastasia Ortiz
Guaynabo, PR

Honorable Mention
Brian Billman
Burnsville, MN

Honorable Mention
Emily Krasser
Carnation, WA

Kelsey Shuck
Lily Silverstein
Hannah Drudge
Nathan Smith


First Place
Nathan Tappendorf
Phoenix, AZ

Second Place
Shelby Griffith
Cordova, TN

Third place
Brooke Wade
Tampa, FL

Honorable Mention
Leah Blair
Matthews, NC

Honorable Mention
Laura Haitel
Waverly, VA

Cassia Wagner
Matthew Savage
Abigail McCully


First Place
Rikki Stinnette
Tabernacle, NJ

Second Place
Corrie Harb
Pettis, CA

Third Place
Alyssa Lehman
Odon, IN

Honorable Mention
Faith Landon
Salem, OR

Honorable Mention
Amanda Nero
Winder, GA

Grace Larimer
Michael Young
Catherine Shilka

Please contact Contest Coordinator Cherise Ryan at contests@hslda.org with any questions.