Essay Contest Finalists Announced

Students from 13 schools are among the 28 finalists of the 2013 York County Student Essay Contest.

A total of 333 contest entries were submitted by students from across York County. The contest is organized by the York County Board of Commissioners and York County Communities That Care. It is sponsored by the Memorial Health Systems Foundation.

The finalists will gather at a ceremony on Sunday, April 7 to receive their awards. The 2 p.m. event will be held at the York Learning Center, 300 E. 7th Ave. in North York Borough.

The top three prize winners will be announced during the ceremony. The grand prize winner will win $2,000, the second-place finisher will win $1,000 and the third-place winner will win $500. The 25 other finalists will win $100 each.

The contest was open to all 11th and 12th graders who reside in York County. The entry period began in December and concluded in mid-February.

The contest topic prompted entrants to discuss the most significant challenges facing teens today, and to offer ideas about how the community can help address them.

The primary goal of the contest was to provide an opportunity for local students to be recognized. The specific essay topic was selected to generate conversation among families and teens about the difficulties facing teens today, and to gather input and ideas for improvement directly from teens themselves.

The finalists are:

Name Grade             School
Brittany Connell

12

Central York High School
Courtney Crowley

12

Central York High School
Kaitlyn White

12

Central York High School
Aruba Tariq

12

Central York High School
Andrew James Mackley

12

Christian School of York
Ardajahyia Rock

12

Crispus Attucks YouthBuild Charter School
Tyler Lee Newcomb

12

Dallastown Area High School
Nyielah Davis

12

Dallastown Area High School
Adam Saubel

11

Dallastown Area High School
Tyler Hahn

12

Hanover High School
Chelsea Otis

12

Hanover High School
Jessica Wernig

12

Kennard-Dale High School
Jessica Richardson

12

Northeastern High School
Michaela Ginder

12

Northern York County High School
Olivia Kimmel

12

Northern York County High School
Sara Cerreta

11

Susquehannock High School
Ashley Alwine

11

West York Area High School
Olivia Purtell

11

West York Area High School
Paige Koch

11

West York Area High School
Carleigh McGurk

12

West York Area High School
Evan Cooper

11

West York Area High School
Joseph Marks

12

West York Area High School
Ciara Stough

12

West York Area High School
Qajaniyah Miller

11

William Penn Senior High School
Evan Valenti

11

William Penn Senior High School
Jacob Dubs

11

William Penn Senior High School
Denise E. Lahr

12

York County School of Technology
Madison Glassmyer

12

York Suburban High School