And The 2017 Essay Contest Winners Are…….
If you were asked to write an essay answering the questions, “What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome? How did you overcome it and how did that affect your life?” what would you write? These questions were posed to San Diego’s low-income teens as part of the A Bridge For Kids 5th Annual Essay Contest. Personal ailments, unsupportive families, drugs and addictions, negative self-image, and deportation were some of the many challenges teens wrote about, making the judging process both heartbreaking and difficult. After hours of reading the essays written by 225 entrants, the final top 10 winners were chosen.
We want to thank every student who took the time to create an essay and enter this contest. We are pleased to announce the following winners and the prizes they earned.
1st Place $2,500 sponsorship Johnathan Bojorquez Helix High School
2nd Place $1,000 sponsorship Luis Lopez Hoover High School
3rd Place $500 sponsorship Zhen Yao Cai Patrick Henry High School
4th Place $500 sponsorship Misael Figeroa Crawford High School
5th Place $500 sponsorship Marquell Carr Gompers Prepatory Academy
6th Place $100 Amazon Card Alyssa Silva Hilltop High School
7th Place $100 Amazon Card Oscar Liao The Preuss School, UCSD
8th Place $100 Amazon Card Duyen Tran Crawford High School
9th Place $100 Amazon Card Bao Lam The Preuss School, UCSD
10th Place $100 Amazon Card Reagan Jordan Steele Canyon High School
Luis Lopez, a Junior at Hoover High School, collected $1,000 for his second place finish!
Zhen Yao Cai celebrates 3rd place finish with Listy Gillingham, Patrick Henry Principal
Previous essay contest winners have been:
2016 Essay Contest Winner – Kiara Gomez, The Preuss School, UCSD
2015 Essay Contest Winner – Andria Montgomery, Patrick Henry High School
2014 Essay Contest Winner – Virginia Reyes , The Preuss School, UCSD
2013 Essay Contest Winner – Laura Castro, The Preuss School, UCSD