Student Essay Contest

2013 Student Essay Contest Winners Announced

Over 2,100 students participated in this year’s contest from 12 states. From those essays, teachers submitted their top selections resulting in 951 entries. Winning essays came from students in Tennessee and Oklahoma.

Each winner will receive a cash prize and have the opportunity to be recognized at a ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum on December 9.

Initiated in 2002, the annual Essay Contest has become a cornerstone of the Memorial's educational programs. In 2005, the Essay Contest expanded from a state contest to a national one, allowing more students to use this contest as a vehicle for sharing their rich perspective and engaging in the lessons of the Memorial.

The April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City occurred because people chose violence as a means to express disagreement and effect change – and 168 innocent people were killed. The 2013 Student Essay Contest used a political cartoon and text passages to highlight the importance of remembrance and respect for diversity in making the world a better place.

2013 Essay Contest Winners

Click each winner's name to read their essay.

First Place Sarah Jacobs 6th Cheyenne Middle School Edmond, OK
Second Place Adolin Godsey 5th Cleveland Elementary Norman, OK
Third Place Chloee Dean 6th Sequoyah Middle School Edmond, OK
First Place Lauren Ross 7th Sequoyah Middle School Edmond, OK
Second Place Sharara Kasem 7th Sequoyah Middle School Edmond, OK
Third Place Marshall Clune 7th Sequoyah Middle School Edmond, OK
First Place Elizabeth Mussett 10th Valliant High School Valliant, OK
Second Place Ryan Walker Brown 10th Valliant High School Valliant, OK
Third Place Emily Banister 10th Lawton High School Lawton, OK
First Place Miyah Woodgett 12th Summit High School Spring Hill, TN
Second Place Mallory Gibson 11th Vinita High School Vinita, OK
Third Place Geneva Smith 12th Chickasha High School Chickasha, OK


We are grateful to Allegiance Credit Union for sponsoring this contest, and proud of our continued partnership. The Federal Employees Credit Union, which changed its name to Allegiance Credit Union in 2003, was located on the third floor of the Murrah Building and lost 18 of its 33 employees in the bombing. Six of the surviving employees were seriously injured. With the assistance of other credit unions and volunteers, they were able to reopen within 48 hours at a temporary site furnished by Tinker Federal Credit Union. “The legacy of FECU, the restoration and continued growth as Allegiance Credit Union makes members and employees alike proud to be credit union people,” said Lynette Leonard, Allegiance Credit Union President/CEO.



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