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2011 Essay Contest Winners

The names of all winners and honorable mentions of the 23rd annual “Celebration of Youth” essay contest are listed below. We congratulate them and are very proud of each one.


Winners in Grades 4 to 6

First Place
AKARI DAVIDSON
Grade 5, Janney Elem. – Ms. Jaclyn Seward

Second Place
CLARE MESSINA-FITZGERALD
Grade 5, Key Elem. – Ms. Williams

Third Place
MARTIQUE G. HENDERSON
Grade 4, J.O. Wilson Elem. – Prin. Warley

Fourth Place
CHRISTABELL MBAH
Grade 6, Whittier Education Campus – Ms. Brawley

Fifth Place
AYOMIDE OKULEYE
Grade 6, Hope Community Public Charter School – Lamond Campus – Ms. Shendrina Alexander

Sixth Place
DANIELA ILHAN
Grade 5, Key Elem. – Ms. Williams

Seventh Place
AUNYE WHORLEY
Grade 6, Whittier Education Campus – Ms. Brawley


Winners in Grades 7 to 9

First Place
DELPHINE URIBURU-WILDER
Grade 9, School Without Walls – Mr. Kamel Igoudjil

Second Place
RACHEL PAGE
Grade 7, Alice Deal Middle School – Mr. Hughes

Third Place
CLAIRE PARKER*
Grade 8, Alice Deal MS – Mr. Otterstatter

Fourth Place
EMMA WALSH-ALKER
Grade 7, Alice Deal MS – Mr. Hughes

Fifth Place
ITIESHA DEAN**
Grade 7, Whittier Education Campus – Ms. Ola

Sixth Place
EMILY DAVIES*
Grade 8, Alice Deal MS – Mr. Otterstatter

Seventh Place
BRANDON NOUNDA
Grade 8, Whittier EC – Ms. Abby Smith

* Honorable Mention in 2010
** Third Place Winner in Grades 4 to 6 category in 2010


Honorable Mentions in Grades 4 to 6

Hardy MS
EMMANUEL HOUSTON*^, Grade 6 – Mrs. Kimberly Hughes

Janney ES
GWENDOLYN TSAI, Grade 5 – Ms. Jaclyn Seward
DAVID VADEN, Grade 5 – Ms. Osterman

J. O. Wilson
CHASE ROLLINS, Grade 5 – Ms. V. Pugh

Whittier EC
JA’ BRIA AGNEW, Grade 6 –Ms. Brawley


Honorable Mentions in Grades 7 to 9

Alice Deal JHS

  • DAVID CARUTH, LEO CONFALONE, & HELEN MALHOTRA, Grade 7 – Ms. Hattie Spann-Goode
  • XIU QI CHEN***, SOFIA LAGUARDA**, STUART LINDSTROM, SAMANTHA MEHRING, ASHA PAPPAJOHN, LAURA SCHWARTZ & ZAHRA WARDRICK, Grade 7 – Mr. Michael Hughes
  • JOSEY LONEY, ADAM SCHANS, MARGOT TROUVE, Grade 7 – Mr. McDowell

Lincoln MS
NYAT GHIDEI & ASTRID REYES, Grade 8 – Mrs. Armerding

School Without Walls
ISABELLA BOLAND & DESTINI SMITH, Grade 9 – Mr. Kamel Igoudjil

Wilson
NATHANIEL REMEZ*, Grade 9 – Mr. Leroy Jenkins, Jr.

* First Place Winner in 2009 and Honorable Mention in 2010

** Second Place Winner in Grades 4 to 6 in 2009

*** Third Place Winner in Grades 4 to 6 in 2009

*^ Special Mention at end of year 2010

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