Essay Contest Winners

Nine Student Winners Announced for American Citizen Essay Contest
Posted on 11/23/2020
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The Carson City School District’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce nine student winners of the 19th Annual American Citizen Essay Contest. Each winner will be recognized at the school board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 24, and will received the following cash prizes: First Place: $80, Second Place: $30 and Third Place: $15. Grade level winners include the following.

Elementary School Level:
1st Place - Nicholas Budd, 5th grade, Seeliger Elementary School
2nd Place - Harlee Tatham, 5th grade, Fremont Elementary School
3rd Place - Suleiman Abdelhady, 5th grade, SeeligerElementary School

Middle School Level:
1st Place - Nathan Tack, 8th grade, Bethlehem Lutheran School
2nd Place - Sophia Rotoli, 6th grade, Home-schooled
3rd Place - Zane Woods, 8th grade, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School

High School Level:
1st Place - Jacob Budd, 9th grade, Carson High School
2nd Place - Brynn Russell, 9th grade, Carson High School
3rd Place - Todd Gosselin, 9th grade, Carson High School

Essays were judged within each grade level as they followed adherence to the topic, their quality of writing and their originality of thought. The topic this year was the following:

“As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States’ Constitution, discuss the importance of a citizen’s right to vote to Americans and aspiring Americans.”

Any public, charter, private or home-schooled student in Carson City was able to participate in the contest. Essays were no longer than five (5) pages but could be as short as the student desired. The essay could also have been handwritten or typed.

The contest was announced Monday, Sept. 14, and completed essays were Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. The first page of the essay included the student’s name (first and last), his or her age, grade, telephone number, teacher’s name and school. Included here are the first place winning essays for Elementary, Middle and High School Levels.