Virginia Reyes, from The Preuss School, UCSD, won the second annual A Bridge for Kids essay contest. In doing so she also collected first prize, a $2,000 sponsorship from A Bridge for Kids. Virginia’s essay beat out over 450 submissions from 12 schools throughout San Diego County and was judged the winner by a panel of six judges.
Virginia, who is a senior and hopes to attend Stanford next year, said she would be buying an Ipod Touch or tablet with a portion of her winnings. Virginia said, “I want to be able to access all my information, school apps and music whenever I need it”. Virginia’s first place finish is The Preuss School’s second straight victory as she follows in the footsteps of last year’s winner and current classmate, Laura Castro.
2014 Essay contest winner Virginia Reyes with Michael Nance from A Bridge for Kids and 2013 Essay winner Laura Castro
Sylvia Davis, a sophomore from Escondido Charter High School and one of the younger competitors in the competition, claimed second place and a $1,000 sponsorship. Sylvia hopes to use the money to purchase school supplies and help with the costs of the PSAT and PSAT prep classes.
Sylvia Davis, 2nd place finisher in the second annual essay contest, with her brother, mother and Shawn Roner- Director, Escondido Charter High School
2013 Essay Contest Top 10
1st Place- $2,000 sponsorship- Virginia Reyes, The Preuss School, UCSD
2nd Place- $1,000- Sylvia Davis, Escondido Charter High School
3rd Place- $500- Chrisabel Otero – The Preuss School, UCSD
4th Place- $500- Lisette Diaz – The Preuss School, UCSD
5th Place (tie)-$500- Alissa Singleton – Mira Mesa High School
5th Place (tie)- $500- Franklin Hang – The Preuss School, UCSD
7th-10th Place ($100 Amazon Gift Card)