Essay Contest

Announcing the Results of our
2013 Essay Contest!

Homeschooled students between the ages of 7–19 were invited to submit essays under 700 words concerning the topic of Traditions:

Essay Contest Archives
2012   2011
2010   2009
2008   2007
2006   2005
2004   2003

Category 1 (ages 7–10): What is your favorite family tradition and why?
Category 2 (ages 11–14): What is a current tradition that you plan to carry on in the future and why is it important to you?
Category 3 (ages 15–19): What do you think is one of the most important traditions in American society and why?

We thank each and every student for sharing their hard work and fascinating perspective with us. The essays not only were entertaining and informative, but also demonstrated some of the best quality that homeschooling produces.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Winners and Finalists:


First Place
Emma Sager
Bloomington, IN

Second Place
Devon Cabrera
Beaumont, TX

Third Place
Abigail Houseworth
Barboursville, VA

Honorable Mention
Allison Stidham
Hilliard, OH

Honorable Mention
Ruth Coleman
Charlton, MA

Finalists (in no particular order)

Mary Adams,
Forest, VA

Dylan Cabrera,
Beaumont, TX

Karina Carley,
Irvine, CA

Katrina Jackson
Roanoke, VA

Rachael Mullen
Willington, CT

Joshua Rainer
Taylors, SC


First Place
Mary Grace Tillman
Lost Creek, WV

Second Place
Jackson Allen
Georgetown, TX

Third Place
Elise Engen
Snohomish, WA

Honorable Mention
Noah Schmeisser
Milford, CT

Honorable Mention
Abigail Shaffer
Riverside, CA

Finalists (in no particular order)

Sarah Bright,
Gainesville, FL

Isaac Cassulis,
Hubbardsville, NY

Kirkland Moranos,
Camden, SC

Ashleigh Owens,
Arkadelphia, AR

Mary Pelzer,
Shorewood, IL

Hannah Shaffer,
Riverside, CA


First Place
William Payne
Emerson, GA

Second Place
Korwin Carpenter
Milan, MI

Third Place
Holden Bradburn
Glasglow, KY

Honorable Mention
Emily Hepler
Bel Air, MD

Honorable Mention
Rebecca Troutner
Columbus, OH

Finalists (in no particular order)

Haley Bradburn,
Glasgow, KY

Madison Bridges,
Valdosta, GA

Josiah Inventor,
Rio Rancho, NM

Alexandra May,
Middletown, DE

Katie Sanders,
Milwaukee, WI

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