Nine Carson City students were honored at the school board meeting Tuesday night for the 2015 American Citizen Essay Contest.
Each year, students from Carson City elementary, middle and high schools write an essay based off of a question chosen by the school board. The contest started after 9/11 because the district thought that it was important for students to look at the importance of patriotism. The question this year was: “In your opinion, what is the most important freedom in the Bill of Rights?”
The school district had 151 entries for the contest: 10 from the elementary schools, 51 from the middle schools and 90 from the high schools. Three winners were chosen from each category based on adherence to topic, quality of writing and originality of writing.
A panel of six judges, five teachers and a representative from Wells Fargo Bank, reviewed the essays to choose the winners.
Each first place winner received $80, second place winners received $30 and the third place winners received $15.
The winners were invited to the school board meeting and the first place winners read their essays to the board.