Three area high school students recognized for their reflections on 9-11.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 scholarship essay contest for Michigan high school juniors and seniors. This contest encourages high school students to research and express how the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks affected them, their family members or friends, their communities, or the nation as a whole.
Cameron Stewart, a senior from Williamston High School, has won the first place scholarship of $500 for his essay “Through the Eyes of a Child.” His essay discussed the attacks from the view point of a 5-year old and how the aftermath affected him personally. Cameron will be attending Michigan State University in the fall to begin his pre-med studies.
Paige Kelley, a junior from Williamston High School, was awarded the second place scholarship for her essay “An Attack Here and a War There.” She has a strong interest in the medical field and plans to attend college after she graduates in 2015.
Nathalie Yanes won the honorable mention award for her essay “Michigan Will Remember.” She is a senior at Wayland High School and plans to study biology and mathematics at Calvin College in the fall. Nathalie also would like to attend medical school after college.
“We are happy to be able to encourage strong writing skills, while keeping the memory of this tragedy current to today’s younger generation,” said Megan Henriksen, Executive Director of the Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund. Despite their young ages at the time the attacks occurred, Stewart, Kelley, and Yanes each conveyed deep and emotional understandings of the 9-11 attacks.
The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund offers the annual essay contest to Michigan high school juniors and seniors. The contest for 2014 is planned for the fall of next year, with details to be available on the Michigan Remembers 9-11 website. Questions about the contest can be directed to Megan Henriksen at