2014 Student Essay Contest

2014 Student Essay Contest Winners Announced

Over 2,000 students participated in this year’s contest from 11 states. From those essays, teachers submitted their top selections resulting in 741 entries. Winning essays came from students in Nevada 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 in January. 

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 perspectives 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 2014 Student Essay Contest used a political cartoon, videos and text passages to highlight the responsibility of the government to keep us secure in the context of our personal freedoms.

2014 Essay Winners

Grades 5/6

  • First Place
    Kenna Cline, 5th, James L. Dennis Elementary, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Second Place
    Josh Price, 6th, Cheyenne Middle School, Edmond, OK
  • Third Place
    Lauren Baldwin, 6th, Cheyenne Middle School, Edmond, OK

Grades 7/8

  • First Place
    McKinzie Horsley, 8th, Owasso 8th Grade Center, Owasso, OK
  • Second Place
    Journey Staggs, 8th, Owasso 8th Grade Center, Owasso, OK
  • Third Place
    Kailey Carnine, 8th, Oakdale School, Edmond, OK

Grades 9/10

  • First Place
    Maggi Smith, 10th, Valliant High School, Valliant, OK
  • Second Place
    Cadence Fromm, 9th, Chisholm High School,  Enid, OK
  • Third Place
    Naven Carter, 10th, Lawton High School, Lawton, OK                                          

Grades 11/12

  • First Place
    Chaydee Lawless, 12th, Valliant High School, Valliant, OK
  • Second Place
    Tina Wu, 11th, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Third Place
    Diego Mendoza, 12th, Desert Pines High School, Las Vegas, NV
 

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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