21st Annual Student Essay Contest

21st Annual Student Essay Contest Winners Announced

The Memorial received 771 essays from across the United States in this year’s essay contest. Winning essays came from students in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, Maryland and Florida.

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 April 2.
The Memorial’s 21st Annual Student Essay Contest gave students the opportunity to share how individuals or communities have shown strength and resilience to overcome challenges or tragedies.

5th and 6th Grades

First Place | Sarah Stiegelmeyer | 5th | Lakeview Intermediate, Yukon, OK
Second Place | Christopher Solomon | 6th | Waynoka Elementary School, Waynoka, OK
Third Place | Janelle Amoah | 6th | Fisher Elementary School, Oklahoma City, OK

7th and 8th Grades

First Place | Avery Burton | 7th | Seiling Public Schools, Seiling, OK
Second Place | Adrianna Rivera | 8th | Chandler Jr. High School, Chandler, OK
Third Place | Jada Burns | 8th | Oakdale Public School, Edmond, OK

9th and 10th Grades

First Place | Michaela Stevens | 10th | Arkansas School for Math, Science and the Arts, Hot Springs, AR
Second Place | Isadora Wise | 10th | Powell County High School, Stanton, KY
Third Place | Baylee Weatherford | 10th | Valliant High School, Valliant, OK

11th and 12th Grades

First Place | Avery Brown | 12th | Crossings Christian School, Oklahoma City, OK
Second Place | Aaron Siegle | 12th | Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Olney, MD
Third Place | Isabela Deneka | 12th | Armwood High School, Seffner, FL

View Winning Essays

Made possible through the generous support of Stella Nova.

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