President Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge past winners

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 Mentions:
Megan Grant, Newaygo Public High School
Emily LaRue, Grand Rapids Christian High School
Tina Nguyen, Forest Hills Eastern High School
Ryann Reese, Ferndale High School
Top Finalist Awards:
Suki Rajan, Forest Hills Eastern High School
Landyn Teachout, Grandville High School
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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