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2019 Essay Contest Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019 Winners and Honorable Mentions of the 31st “Celebration of Youth” Essay Contest!

We are very pleased and honored to announce the winners and honorable mentions of the 31st Celebration of Youth essay contest. THANK YOU to all the participants, teachers, parents, principals, and other magnificent educators who helped to make this happen. We are very proud of all the students, and we are delighted with this year’s round of winners and honorable mentions. They will be contacted about the details of their acknowledgement ceremony.

Winners in Grades 4 – 6

First Place: Dayon Dugar, 5th grade, Bruce Monroe E.S. at Parkview, Amy Dinan
Second Place: Jason Molina-Reyes, 5th grade, Bruce Monroe E. S., Amy Dinan

Third Place: David Ayala, 5th grade, Bancroft E.S., Ms. Esther Amaya
Fourth Place: Jayla Peeler, 4th grade, Browne E.C., Dr. Housey and Mr. Hebolt

Fifth Place: Tatum Alexis Michael Primus, 6th grade, Stuart Hobson, Mickisha Bonner
Sixth Place: Brianna Wright, 6th grade, MacFarland M.S., Ms. Monica Martinez

Seventh Place: Sadie Hoy, 5th grade, Bancroft E.S., Ms. Esther Amaya
Eighth Place: Nyla Braboy, 5th grade, Whittier E.C., Ms. Rain Wallin

Winners in Grade 7 – 9

First Place: Juliana Lopez, 8th grade, MacFarland M.S., Ms. Monica Martinez
Second Place: Petra Munter*, 8th grade, Alice Deal M.S., Ms. Kristina Ruiz

Third Place: Eve Ventura, 7th grade, MacFarland M.S., Mrs. Monica Martinez
Fourth Place: Lucelia Inna-Sambo, 7th grade, Browne E.C., Ms. Darlene Gamble

Fifth Place: Amelia Oscherwitz,7th grade, Alice Deal M.S., Nathaniel McVey-Finney
Sixth Place: Karla Amaya Rodriguez, 8th grade, MacFarland M.S., Mrs. Martinez

*Honorable Mention in 2018

Honorable Mentions 2019

  • Gabriella Abdella, 4th grade, Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, Ms. Echo
  • Cedria Boykins, 5th grade, Excel Academy, Ms. Alaina Woods
  • Skyy Branch, 4th grade, Barnard E.S., Ms. Alina Majer-Robbins
  • Jude Sturiale Brenan, 4th grade, John Eaton E.S., Ms. Samantha Magnuson
  • McKenzie Crawford, 5th grade, Excel Academy, Ms. Alaina Woods
  • Madelene Flores, 4th grade, Barnard E.S. Me. Alina Majer-Robbins
  • Ava Goins, 5th grade, Stuart Hobson M.S., Ms. Mickisha Bonner
  • Aria Goldson, 7th grade, DC Prep Edgewood Middle Campus, Katherine Wiley
  • Samantha Henry, 4th grade, Shepherd E.S., Mandy Anderson & Takeisha Wilson
  • Kayden Jensen, 6th grade, Stuart Hobson M.S., Ms. Bonner
  • Amalia Kenny, 6th grade, Alice Deal M.S., David Silberman
  • Serge Kouam,** 5th grade, Barnard E.S., Ms. LaAdah Demus
  • Monicarenee Lawley*, 9th Grade, KIPP DC College Prep, Ms. Haedn Hogan
  • Naomi Lucas, 6th grade, Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, Ms. Echo
  • Miracle Mahogany, 5th grade, Excel Academy PCH, Ms. Wood
  • Cecilia Pirozzi, 7th grade, Alice Deal M.S., Ms. Shannon Hodgins
  • Audrey Powell, 4th grade Shepherd E.S., Mandy Anderson & Takeisha Wilson
  • Sandra Apaez Ramirez, 5th grade, Capital City Charter School, Ms. Abby Hall
  • MyAngel Ramsey, 9th grade, Luke C. Moore H.S., Ms. Ebonie Hawkins
  • Layla Rethy, 6th grade, Alice Deal M.S., David Silberman
  • Madison Roberts-Harrison, 4th grade, Barnard E.S., Alina Majer-Robbins
  • Zion Smithen, 9th grade, Duke Ellington School of the Art, Ms. Comegys

*6th place winner in 2018
**Honorable mention in 2018

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