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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