RPEC Announces 2015 Essay contest winners

On Tuesday, May 12, about two dozen volunteer readers judged the 2015 Peace Essay contest.  This year’s contest asked students to think and write about a statement by the Dalai Lama which asked brings out the inspiration and motivates us to make our community and world a better place.  Almost 300 students from across central Virginia and beyond sent in entries.  Thanks to all the volunteers who made this year’s contest possible.

And here are this year’s winners:

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

All the winning essays are posted here on the RPEC.org website.  Congratulations to all our winners!