Student Named Winner in Benjamin Franklin Essay Contest

Fox Chapel Area High School junior Annika Urban has been named a winner of the Eleventh Annual Benjamin Franklin Scholar Award. Annika was named a third-place winner for her essay entitled, “The Hidden Dangers of Persistence.” She will receive a $2,000 award and be honored at The Pennsylvania Society Annual Meeting June 1, 2018, in Erie, Pennsylvania.

The award is a writing competition open to all Pennsylvania public school juniors in good standing. Students submit an original essay discussing the modern-day relevance of a selected quotation by Franklin. This year’s quote was “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” Essays are reviewed by judges named by the Pennsylvania Association of School Counselors, the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals, and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

The award is sponsored by The Pennsylvania Society, a nonprofit, charitable organization with more than 2,000 members.  Its purpose is to honor achievement, reward excellence, promote good will and understanding, and celebrate service to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to humanity in general. Thriving and still growing in its third century of existence, the society is the longest-lived organization of its kind in the country.