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2013 Essay Contest Winners

The names of the winners and honorable mentions of the 25th annual Celebration of Youth essay contest are listed below. Congratulations! We are very proud of you.


Grades 4 to 6 Winners

First Place: Nell Leibovich – Grade 6, Oyster Adams Bilingual, Mr. Paul Gerber

Second Place: Charles W. Bell VI – Grade 6, Stuart Hobson MS, Ms. Sandra Burst

Third Place: Kaleb Anderson – Grade 4, John Eaton ES, Ms. Clark

Fourth Place: Doris Avila – Grade 6, Raymond EC, Mrs. Monica Martinez

Fifth Place: Mamalee Milton – Grade 6, Raymond EC, Mrs. Monica Martinez

Sixth Place: Noa Rosinplotz – Grade 6, Oyster Adams Bilingual, Mr. Paul Gerber

Seventh Place: Akhayla Reynolds – Grade 6, Stuart Hobson MS, Ms. Sandra Burst


Grades 7 to 9 Winners

First Place: Ja’ Bria Agnew* – Grade 8, Whittier EC, Ms. Galemarie Ola

Second Place: Honovi Elwell – Grade 8, Whittier EC, Ms Galemarie Ola

Third Place: Xiu Qi Chen** – Grade 9, School Without Walls, Ms. Taneka Nugent

Fourth Place: Liliana Campos,*** – Grade 8, Meridian PCS, Mrs. Armerding

Fifth Place: Kayla Davis – Grade 8, Kelly Middle MS, Ms. Reed

Sixth Place: Jiyana Buie – Grade 8, Kelly Miller MS, Ms. Stephanie Koehle

Seventh Place: Natasha Bourne – Grade 7, Kelly Miller MS, Ms. Reed


Honorable Mentions

  • Shaakira Bannister – Grade 8, Kelly Miller MS, Ms. Reed
  • Elvira Berisha – Grade 9, Columbia Heights EC, Mr. Raouda
  • Kemony Bowden – Grade 5, Amidon Bowen ES, Ms. Jessica Zeiler
  • Sherry Chen – Grade 5, Thomson ES, Ms. Francesca Dixon
  • Hannah Docter-Loeb – Grade 7, Alice Deal MS, Ms. Woods
  • Samirah Feaster-Harris – Grade 9, Ballou Senior HS, Ms. Shajena Erazor
  • Jonathan Fuentes – Grade 8, Raymond EC, Mrs. Monica Martinez
  • Freddie Ginyard – Grade 8, Raymond EC, Mrs. Monica Martinez
  • Esmeralda Gutierrez – Grade 7, Meridian PCS, Mrs. Juliet Armerding
  • Yesly Hernandez – Grade 7, Raymond EC, Mrs. Monica Martinez
  • Issiah Iheoma – Grade 8, Kelly MS, Ms. Reed
  • Zesen Li – Grade 5, Thomson ES, Ms. Francesca Dixon
  • Myranda Livingston – Grade 9, Ballou SHS, Ms. Shajena Erazo
  • Kimberly Mae Manalang – Grade 8, Alice Deal MS, Mr. Otterstatter
  • Bryant McClary – Grade 5, Thomson ES, Ms. Jacqueline Bruce-Yamin
  • Chyna McCleary – Grade 8, Kelly MS, Ms. Reed
  • Adebowale Oyewole**** – Grade 8, John Burroughs EC, Ms. Shendrina Alexander-Walker
  • Nina K. Payne – Grade 6, Stuart Hobson MS, Ms. Sandra Burst
  • Jasmine Perrier – Grade 7, Raymond EC, Mrs. Monica Martinez
  • Mary Plight – Grade 8, Kelly Miller MS, Ms. Stephanie Koehle
  • Kendall Spann – Grade 4, Watkins ES, Ms. Sashaum Deprez
  • Jania Suggs – Grade 7, Raymond ES, Mrs. Monica Martinez
  • Alec Vinson – Grade 5, Thomson ES, Ms. Jacqueline Bruce-Yamin
  • Paris Wheaton – Grade 6, Kelly Miller MS, Mrs. F. D’Haiti

* Third Place Winner in 2012 and Honorable Mention in 2011
** First Place Winner in 2012, Third Place Winner in 2009, and Honorable Mention in 2011
*** Eighth Place Winner in 2012
**** Honorable Mention in 2012

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