2014 Student Essay Contest

2014 Student Essay Contest Winners Announced

The 2014 Essay Contest winners were recognized January 11th at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum. Students, along with their families and teachers, heard from 1995 United States Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick and former Oklahoma State Highway Patrol Trooper Charlie Hanger, whose excerpts on security vs. liberty provided the basis for the essays.

Gorelick, via Skype, praised the students on their insights into the issue of security vs. liberty and personal freedom and encouraged them to continue being active in what happens in our world. Hanger shared how his routine traffic stop led to the capture and ultimate conviction of Timothy McVeigh. He reminded the students that it is up to all of us to be vigilant in keeping each other safe, while preserving our freedoms.

Oklahoma City National Memorial Executive Director Kari Watkins congratulated the winners and stressed the importance of letting our voices be heard on relevant issues. Andy Harrison, a representative from Allegiance Credit Union, who sponsors the contest, discussed how their institution remained strong and resilient after losing over half their staff in the bombing.

After the ceremony, attendees were invited to tour the newly enhanced Museum, which includes more in-depth information on the investigation and justice and all those affected by the bombing.

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.

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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