Student Essay Challenge 2019 First Place

Caroline Kuntzman Forest Hills Northern High School, Grade 12 “Mirrors” “You never really know a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird. Over the course...

Student Essay Challenge 2019 Second Place

Megan Grant Newaygo High School, Grade 11 “Abandoning the Trenches” Fight fire With fire Or take my hand? Yell Scream Grit our teeth Clench our fists Plug our ears Close off our minds And shut everyone who disagrees Out Or Listen? Not just hear- Listen. Turn away Or...

Student Essay Challenge 2019 Third Place

Ben Joppich Catholic Central High School, Grade 12 “Civility as a Solution” Civility is the foundation for all intelligent conversation. Without the support of civility the house of intellectual debate and discourse would crumble to the ground. Civility is what makes...

Student Essay Challenge 2018 Third Place

Aunner Calderon Union High School “A Mother with Courage” A mother is a parent of a child, but a mother with courage is a parent of a child who would do anything for her family, especially her children. I’ve been undoubtedly blessed with a wonderful single...

Student Essay Challenge 2018 Second Place

Melanie Roelofs Plymouth Christian High School “One Life Dedicated to Thousands” Thundering rain, shouts of men, and cries of children fill the frigid air. The stench of sickness and death is nearly unbearable in the overcrowded streets. There is no place...

Student Essay Challenge 2018 First Place

Aneeqa Hasan Forest Hills Central High School “Land of the Brave” As a Bengali-American, I find myself eternally bound to the hyphen. I fall somewhere between being Bengali and American. I am the definition of a hyphenated, hybrid identity. I hold the keys...

Student Essay Challenge 2017 First Place

Daisy Hagen 11th Grade Newaygo High School Capital “L”   When the founders thought, “Liberty!” What came to mind? Was it freedom for some Or for all humankind? They created a system That was masterfully designed But all was not perfect When the documents were...

Student Essay Challenge 2017 Second Place

Maya Trowe 12th Grade Forest Hills Eastern High School Where Liberty is a Statue My mother always felt it important to keep my knowledge of the culture from my country of origin alive. As a result, I was actively thrust into camps, classes, and any opportunity to do...

Student Essay Challenge 2017 Third Place

Deena Hoffmann – Third Place Winner 12th Grade Plymouth Christian High School The Disregard of Liberty As I walk through the halls at school, I dejectedly think about all the things I have to do. Homework is bogging me down and my lack of sleep is getting to me....

President Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge Past Winners

President Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge past winners 2019 Winners View photo from the 2019 awards program First Place: Caroline Kuntzman, Forest Hills Northern High School Second Place: Megan Grant, Newaygo High School Third Place: Ben Joppich, Catholic Central High...

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