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Kirkwood High School Students Finish Strong in Local Writing Contest

Kirkwood High School students recently earned top spots in the annual essay contest hosted by the Kirkwood Human Rights Commission. The contest is open to all juniors who reside in the Kirkwood community or attend schools in the Kirkwood community including students enrolled at Kirkwood High School (KHS), Vianney High School, Ursuline Academy, all 11th grade Kirkwood residents enrolled elsewhere, and all 11th grade home-schooled students.

Students wrote a 500-750 word essay from a writing prompt. This year’s writing prompt was: “What is the most important human rights issue of your generation and why?”

Students in KHS Advanced Placement Language and Composition classes completed and submitted this writing assignment. Based on essays received, a panel of judges voted on the winners and based their decision on how well the essay efficiently expresses ideas in response to the writing prompt. Students in KHS AP Language and Composition classes took second, third and fourth places. They are:

2nd Place Winner: Ayla Burba for “Knowledge is Power”

3rd Place Winner: Jane Dubberke for “The Loss of Human Rights due to Natural Disasters Caused by Climate Change”

4th Place Winner: Lucy O’Brien for “Preschool is the New College”

The Kirkwood Human Rights Commission presented the awards to the students at a recent City Council meeting. Ayla received $75 for her second-place finish, Jane received $50 for third, and Lucy received $25 for fourth place.

The Advanced Placement Language classes are taught by: Janet DePasquale, Adam Rowland, and Eric Turley.

Pictured from left to right: Human Rights Contest commissioner Jeanne Webdell; Human Rights Contest commissioner Geoff Morrison; 2nd Place winner from KHS Ayla Burba; Mayor Tim Griffin; 1st Place winner from Ursuline Academy Emma Wells; and 3rd Place winner from KHS Jane Dubberke.