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 August 16, 2017 - Dauphin County Commissioners announce 2017 cultural diversity essay contest winners

HARRISBURG, PA (August 16, 2017) Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III today announced the winners of the county’s 2017 Cultural Diversity Essay Contest. A total of 464 children age 6 to 18 entered the contest and shared poignant and personal experiences on cultural diversity in their neighborhoods and schools. 

This year, students answered the following questions: 

·       Ages 6 - 9: Share how diversity has played a role in your family, school, or community.

·       Ages 10 - 14:  What are some of the challenges faced by different ethnic groups in your school or community? What can be done to help?

·       Ages 15 - 18: Describe a time when you had to adapt or embrace a culturally different environment. What were some positives and negatives you can share from that experience? 

“Every year I’m impressed by the students’ maturity, open-mindedness and insight,” said Hartwick, who oversees the Cultural Celebration Task Force, which sponsors the essay contest. “You are now role models for your schools and communities.” 

Three winners were selected from each category. The essay contest winners are as follows: 

Ages 6 to 9:

  • First place—Laghima Pal, North Side Elementary School  
  • Second place—Conner Moodie, Hershey Elementary School
  • Third place—Elizabeth Boyd, North Side Elementary School 

Ages 10 to 14:

  • First place—Rachel Amanor, Central Dauphin East Middle School
  • Second place—Miranda Lubold, Upper Dauphin Area Middle School
  • Third place—Emily M. Calamia, Central Dauphin East Middle School 

Ages 15 to 18:

  • First place—Alivia Parlin, Central Dauphin High School  
  • Second place—Erica Wang, Hershey High School  
  • Third place— Makenzie Skinner, Harrisburg High School  

Winners were awarded certificates and prizes donated by the county’s Human Services Department and Cultural Celebration Task Force. 

“We have made -- and will continue to make -- diversity a priority,” said Haste. ““The annual essay contest has been a great way to actively engage young people in thinking critically about cultural diversity and fostering understanding and appreciation.” 

Members of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg volunteered their time to review and judge the essays.  

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to recognize you for your outstanding work,” Pries said to the contest winners. “It’s great to see students like you share your experiences and ideas about diversity and embrace differences in our schools and communities.”


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