The Richmond Peace Education Center has announced the winners of the 2015 Peace Essay contest.  The theme for this year’s contest, “Inspiration for a Better World,” was based on a quotation from the Dalai Lama.  The prompt asked students to write about what inspires them to make their community and their world a better place.

All the the winning essays are posted online.  Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks to everyone who entered the contest!

Grades K-2:

1st Place:  Kara Finley, gr. 1, St. Catherine’s School, Richmond

2nd Place:  Donnell Goode, gr. 2, Patrick Henry Charter School, Richmond Public Schools

3rd  Place: James Bae, gr. 1, Colonial Trail ES, Henrico Co. Public Schools

Honorable Mentions:  Emerson Callis, gr. 1, W. W. Gordon ES, Chesterfield Co. Public Schools;

Josephine Deaner, gr. 1, W. W. Gordon ES, Chesterfield Co. Public Schools;

Elise Mackey, gr. 1, W. W. Gordon ES, Chesterfield Co. Public Schools;

Belle Morgan, , gr. 1, W. W. Gordon ES, Chesterfield Co. Public Schools

 

  Grades 3-5:

1st Place:  Andrew Pratt, gr. 4, Twin Hickory ES, Henrico Co. Public Schools

2nd Place:  Lauryn Kumpe, gr. 5, Rivers Edge ES, Henrico Co. Public Schools

3rd  Place:Jack Hensley, gr. 5, J. B. Watkins ES, Chesterfield Co. Public Schools

Honorable Mentions:  Perrin Gilman,  gr. 5, Tuckahoe ES, Henrico Co. Public Schools;

John Kelleher IV, gr. 5, Colonial Trail ES, Henrico Co. Public Schools;

Nikki Kumar, gr. 5, Twin Hickory ES, Henrico Co. Public Schools;

Evan Kurtz,  gr. 4, The Williams School, Norfolk VA

 

Grades 6-8:

1st Place:  Grace Powers, gr.8, Moody MS, Henrico Co. Public Schools

2nd Place (tie):  Caroline DiFrango, gr. 8, Moody MS, Henrico Co. Public Schools;

Maggie McKenna, gr. 7, Moody MS, Henrico Co. Public Schools;

Katie Taguchi, Moody MS, Henrico Co. Public Schools

Honorable Mentions: Beverley Arbogast, gr. 7, King George MS, King George Co. Public Schools;

Sarah Bender, gr. 7, Moody MS, Henrico Co. Public Schools;

Megha Nair, gr. 8, Moody MS, Henrico Co. Public Schools

Audrey Kate Taylor, gr. 6,  Chickahominy MS, Hanover Co. Public Schools;

Grades 9-12:

1st Place:  Michelle Page, gr. 10, Patrick Henry HS, Hanover Co. Public Schools

2nd Place:  Erin Strasser, gr. 12, James River HS, Chesterfield Co. Public Schools

3rd  Place:  William Ford, gr. 10, Atlee HS, Hanover Co. Public Schools

Honorable Mention:  Ben Hazelton, gr. 9, Maggie Walker Governor’s School

 

 
 

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