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Junior Ana DeLoreto wins honorable mention in John Stossel Essay Contest
On Thursday, April 24, Piedmont High School Principal Dr. Jonathan Tyson presented junior Ana DeLoreto with a certificate and a $50 check for her winning essay in the John Stossel Essay Contest. Tyson also presented English teacher Stacy Vickers with a signed copy of Stossel’s book How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media . . . Give Me a Break.
The essay contest was a required assignment for all students in the English III AP course. Students submitted essays in February. Tyson said, “We are very proud of all of our students who participated but especially proud of Ana's writing. Competition breeds success in all facets of life."
Students aged 12 to 18 were asked to write an essay about whether it should be government’s job to try to keep people healthy by restricting their food choices, after viewing John Stossel’s TV special addressing the issue. The essay contest provides students with an opportunity to practice their argumentative writing skills which they delve in to during their junior year.
DeLoreto said, “For the John Stossel Essay, I wrote that the government should not partake in advising citizens about healthy food habits. Due to FOX news being on in the background at my house, I gained knowledge to improve and back up my argument.”
There were 6,767 essays submitted by students around the country, with 125 essays chosen as prize winners. This is the second year Piedmont High School has had a winner in the contest. Last year, senior Rachel McGee won as a semi-finalist, receiving a $100 check.
To see the top essays and a full list of winners, please go to:
Written by: Stacy Vickers, English Teacher
Posted: Apr 25, 2014 by Donna Helms