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2003 Essay Contest Finalists

Second HSLDA Essay Contest Better Than Ever

In its second year, the Home School Legal Defense Association Essay Contest drew applicants from around the country, and several entries from overseas missionary families. Almost 450 students sent in essays this year, 180 more than last year. Narrowing the entries down to the top six in each category took over a month of careful scrutiny.

"I was very happy to see such an enthusiastic response this year," said HSLDA President Mike Smith. "The essays we received showed a lot of creativity, whether discussing how to spend $50,000 or where to go for two weeks."

This year, instead of simply awarding prizes to the top three entrants in each category, we offered six prizes, ranging from $400 to $25. The six winners in each age group are listed below.

In Category I, students from 12 to 15 wrote on the topic, "If you were given $50,000 today what would you do with it?" First place in this category goes to Grace Lichlyter for her essay on her pen pal in Sri Lanka, Sandarwani Gunasekara. In second place is Colin Nandeena Azariah-Kribbs, who would donate her money to the Iraqi man instrumental in saving Private Jessica Lynch.

For Category II, students from 16 and 18 had to discuss, "If you could go one place in the world for two weeks, where would it be and why?" The first place prize goes to Claire Novak, who wants to visit Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, a facility where many U.S. military personnel are treated prior to returning home. Second place was awarded to Abigail Celis, a student who wants to travel the world.

The proceeds from the contest will be given to the Home School Foundation Special Needs Fund.

Read the winning essays below:

Category 1

  1. Grace Ann Lichlyter

  2. Colin Nandeena Azariah-Kribbs

  3. Christine Marie Bron

  4. Hannah Joy Moughon

  5. Amber Rose Grayford

  6. Josie Mikal Brasher
Category 2

  1. Claire E. Novak

  2. Abigail E. Celis

  3. Anna Louise Heckmann

  4. Rachel Leigh Sanders

  5. Shelley Noel Boyd

  6. Kristen Joy Miller
Semifinalists

Category 1

Rebecca M. Cheek
Alyssa Denee Denen
Chrissy Essex
Katie Lynn Morford
Jacqueline Sarah Taul
Jennie Lynne Guthrie
Rosalie Catherine Jonker
Emily Elizabeth McGettigan
Amanda Reve Lax
Noel Rascher
Caroline Amanda Plumb
Tffany Michelle Yonts
Ashley Ann Jones
Kathleen Grace Burch
Jonathan Batson
Abigail Kristine Schopp
Elisabeth Joy Williams
Evan Richard Forbes
John Albert Judnich
Elijah Stephen Holt
Rebecca Michelle Wier
Rachel Bailey
Lauren Ashley East
Nicole A. Dame
Whitney Grace Ruybalid
Rebekah Ruth Atkinson

Category 2

John Michael Pedersen
Mary Elizabeth Kirchner
Bonnie Joy Teplik
Anna E.J. Shimer
Joseph Christian-Alexander Dugan
Marissa E. Heebner
Leah Rachel Stacy
Rebecca Joy Knottnerus
Brittany Trussell McGehee
Alethea Gerardot
Jessica Marie Regan
Jessica Anne Gregg
Megan Von Bergen
Cindy L. Ooms
Mary Catherine Bruce
Brittany Marie Gnizak
Vanessa Ann Segar