Basalt students sweep library essay contest |

Basalt students sweep library essay contest

Students from Basalt High School swept Pitkin County Library’s annual essay contest for sophomores this year, capturing first, second and third places and $900 in prize money.

In the seventh-grade contest, two students from Aspen Middle School and one from Glenwood Springs Middle School took top honors.

Each year the Pitkin County Library sponsors two essay contests: one for seventh-graders and one for sophomores who attend school in the Roaring Fork Valley. The goal of the contest is to promote excellence in research.

This year the Susan Keenan Award essay question for sophomores was: “If you could not live in the United States what other country would you live in and why?”

Prizes for the Susan Keenan Awards were made possible by a gift from an anonymous donor to honor Susan Keenan, Pitkin County children’s librarian. She has been contributing to the education and promoting reading for several generations of valley children.

Basalt High swept the essay awards, with Luke Caudill winning $500 for first place, Danielle Ingram taking second place and $300, and a tie for third place between Sergio Carrasco and Kate Wilson, who split the $100 prize.

The Grammy Award essay question for seventh-graders was: “Based on the values you find important in life, describe a famous person from American history portraying these qualities.”

Prizes for the Grammy Awards were made possible by a gift from the Margulf Foundation. Mrs. Flug, called “Grammy” by all the children who knew her, was a school teacher and an avid supporter of education. The Grammy Award essay contest is dedicated to her memory.

Prizes for the Grammy Awards were made to Alex Smith, who won $300, and Juliet Wells, who won $200, both from Aspen Middle School. Third place and $100 went to Meg Waibel from Glenwood Springs Middle School.

The winning essays are available for the public to read at the Pitkin County Library’s main circulation desk.

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