Graduates/Student Named Winners in Essay Contest

Two 2016 Fox Chapel Area High School graduates and a Dorseyville Middle School student were recently named winners in the 2016 Founding Freedoms Essay Contest. First place in the twelfth grade portion of the essay contest went to 2016 graduate Ryan Humbert and second place went to 2016 graduate Conor Gaffney. Second place in the eighth grade portion of the essay contest went to 2015-2016 eighth grader Jessica Klein.

Ryan received a $2,500 cash prize and a trip to Philadelphia in June where he was honored as part of a special awards ceremony. Conor won a $1,000 cash prize and Jessica won a $500 cash prize.

The Founding Freedoms Essay Contest is sponsored by the National Constitution Center and funded through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The contest is designed to increase awareness of the rights set forth in the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, and to engage students to think creatively about our nation’s history. It is open to students from across the mid-Atlantic region (which includes seven states and the District of Colombia) in grades six, eight, and twelve.