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Students Win Local Essay Contest

Amanda Cunningham

The fourth annual Prolife Essay Contest, open to students in grades 7-9 in the junior category and students in grades 10-12 in the senior category, required participants to address the topic “Why I am Prolife.”

In the senior division, twelfth-graders Amanda Cunningham won first place and Clare Lindgren won second place.  In the junior contest, Elijah A. and Mary Marchinda, both in seventh grade, won first and second place respectively.  Their essays articulated various reasons why it is important to protect life from conception to natural death.

Sharing a personal story, Cunningham wrote, “I speak as the great-granddaughter of Mrs. Boehm and the granddaughter of her little boy, Tom: abortion is destructive.  In fact, it can prevent a whole family tree from growing, generations of lives that history will never know because of that one decision.”

Elijah used statistics and appealed to God’s plan for human life.  “Imagine a great person from history, or even your mom or your dad. Now think of how life would be now if they had been aborted in the womb!  Life would lack the touch of God.”

The winners received monetary prizes and their essays were submitted to the National Right to Life competition.