Local wins honorable mention in essay competition

CCS’s Sadie Holmes, daughter of Julie and Todd Holmes, received an honorable mention for the 2016 Hildene Essay Competition. Winners were selected from a record 237 entries from eighth graders in 39 Vermont schools.

In its 10th year, the Lincoln Essay Competition challenged young Vermont writers to respond to the following question in an essay of no more than 500 words: Why do you think racism persists in America, what factors contribute to its persistence, and how can these factors be addressed in order to move the country toward a more perfect union?

Winners will be honored at a celebratory luncheon hosted by Hildene at the Lincoln Family Home on Sunday, May 15. The first place winner, taking home a $1,000 prize, was Livia Greenberg from Stratton Mountain School.

All the winning essays will be available for viewing online at hildene.org, beginning May 16.