Essay Contest Winners

Dear Student Essay Contest 2016 applicants,Student Working on Laptop

Thank you for your participation in this year’s contest!  All of the winners are in middle school this year.

We hope reflecting on your positive educational experiences was a rewarding exercise.

Every essay was touching, inspiring, and a delight to read.  We wish that we could make every essay writer a winner in this contest.  But know that your efforts at school already make you the best kind of winners.

We are heartened to know that there are highly able students being challenged to reach their potential in our schools with the help of appropriate programs and understanding teachers who are empowered to respond to your exceptional educational needs.

We wish you all the very best as you pursue your dreams!

With admiration and respect,


Middle School
1st Place:  Elise Barber, 7th grade, Roberto Clemente Middle School, Montgomery County
2nd Place:  Seren Spence, 8th grade, Kenmoor Middle School, Prince George’s County
3rd Place: Alena Malik, 6th grade, Crofton Middle School, Anne Arundel County
Honorable Mention: Danielle McIntosh, 7th grade, Glenmount Elementary / Middle School, Baltimore City

We are so happy to know they are thriving in their education. Our advocacy work focuses on those who are not, so hearing from some who are has been a real joy!