President Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge past winners

2020 Finalists
Ethan Magley, City High Middle School
Sabra Wolven, Newaygo High School
Megan Grant, Newaygo High School
Nina Lu, City High Middle School
Lillian Van Gelderen, Hart High School
Melanie TenElshof, Plymouth Christian High School
Isabel Gil, Forest Hills Eastern High School
Harlie Choponis, Hart High School
Carter Meyer, Grand Rapids Christian High School
Kandace Pewee, Grand Rapids Christian High School
Out-of-State Award Winner: Jada Hall, St. Georges Technical High School

2019 Winners
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First Place: Caroline Kuntzman, Forest Hills Northern High School
Second Place: Megan Grant, Newaygo High School
Third Place: Ben Joppich, Catholic Central High School
Honorable Mention: Cecilia Botta, City High/Middle School
Honorable Mention: Cassandra DeVries, Providence Christian School
Honorable Mention: Danielle Fedrigo, Grand Rapids Christian High School
Honorable Mention: Josephine Koch, Forest Hills Northern High School
Honorable Mention: Katie Townley, Byron Center High School
Honorable Mention: Colton Powell, St. Johns High School
Honorable Mention: Brandon Walker, Wyoming High School
Out-of-State Award Winner: Mason Chandler, Spring Branch Texas

2018 Winners 
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First Place: Aneeqa Hasan, Forest Hills Central High School
Second Place: Melanie Roelofs, Plymouth Christian High School
Third Place: Aunner Calderon, Union High School
Honorable Mention: Megan Grant, Newaygo Public High School
Honorable Mention: Emily LaRue, Grand Rapids Christian High School
Honorable Mention: Tina Nguyen, Forest Hills Eastern High School
Honorable Mention: Ryann Reese, Ferndale High School
Top Finalist Award: Suki Rajan, Forest Hills Eastern High School
Top Finalist Award: Landyn Teachout, Grandville High School
Top Finalist Award: Reian Zhang, City High Middle School
Out-of-State Award Winner: Carrie Hathaway, Geneseo Middle/High School

2017 Winners
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First Place: Daisy Hagen, 11th Grade, Newaygo High School
Second Place: Maya Trowe, 12th Grade, Forest Hills Eastern High School
Third Place: Deena Hoffman, 12th Grade, Plymouth Christian High School

2016 Winners 
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First Place: Madison Goen, 12th Grade, Kenowa Hills High School
Second Place: Benjamin Rozema, 11th Grade, Calvin Christian High School
Third Place: Lois Biggs, 12th Grade, Forest Hills High School
Honorable Mention: Hannah Baird, 12th Grade, Forest Hills Eastern High School
Honorable Mention: Sarah Baxter, 10th Grade, Catholic Central High School
Honorable Mention: Deena Hoffman, 11th Grade, Plymouth Christian High School
Honorable Mention: Elliott Hoogerland, 12th Grade, Forest Hills Eastern High School
Honorable Mention: Bethany Morse, 11th Grade, Calvin Christian High School
Honorable Mention: Emily VanderBerg, 12th Grade, Plymouth Christian High School

2015 Winners
First Place: Elizabeth Dykens, 10th Grade, Home School
Second Place: Kendra Kunst, 11th Grade, Calvin Christian High School
Third Place: Anthony DeWitte, Calvin Christian High School

2014 Winners
First Place: Michael Aaberg, 12th Grade, Forest Hills Northern High School
Second Place: Kallen Schwark, 12th Grade, Forest Hills Northern High School
Third Place: Arika Sporte, 12th Grade, Plymouth Christian High School

2013 Winners
First Place: Olivia McLean, 12th Grade, Forest Hills Eastern High School
Second Place: Olivia Marie Rice, 12th Grade, Schoolcraft High School
Third Place: Brooklyn Wilson, 9th Grade, Grand Rapids Catholic Central

2012 Winners
First Place: Grady Sertic, 12th Grade, Portage Central High School
Second Place: Samantha Kay Dickson, 11th Grade, Allendale High School
Third Place: Sarah Hartlieb, 12th Grade, Schoolcraft High School

2011 Winners
First Place: Emilee Ritz, 12th Grade, Forest Hills Northern High School
Second Place: Steve Jakubowski, 10th Grade, Catholic Central High School
Third Place: John Veldkamp, 9th Grade, Calvin Christian High School

2010 Winners
First Place: Martha Veldkamp, 12th Grade, Calvin Christian High School
Second Place: Sara DenBraber, 9th Grade, Catholic Center High School
Third Place: Rachel McDaniel, 12th Grade, Allegan High School

2009 Winners
First Place: Steven Harwood, 12th Grade, Northview High School
Second Place: Sarah Legault, 11th Grade, Forest Hills Northern High School
Third Place: Joanna Chen, 11th Grade, Forest Hills Northern High School

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