The speeches were followed by the Video and Essay contest prize distribution ceremony. Several contestants attended the event and the winners . The first prize video contest winner provided an online vide acceptance speech while the 2nd prize video contest winner performed live at the event. Local Essay contestants also received their prizes during the prize distribution ceremony.
Lindsay Michelle Marion plans to graduate in May 2005 in architectural engineering and is on track to graduate with distinction. Marion seeks a career as a government policymaker, teacher or researcher that will combine her interests in the humanities and in architecture. She sees in architecture a potential for benefiting humanity. In her application essays, she notes, “No other field can simultaneously build houses for the poor, improve institutional environments for schoolchildren, help prevent urban decay, and create technologically assistive buildings for the elderly. She is founder and president of the KU Cultural Ambassadors, a program designed to link up international students at KU with classrooms in area schools. At KU, Marion won the 2002 Whitcomb Essay Contest Prize for “Schools of Children,” inspired in part by her personal study of 20 one-room schools in eastern Kansas. She has interned with an architectectal firm in St. Louis Her many awards include a National Merit Scholarship and a Freeman Foundation Kansas/Asia Scholarship. She is the daughter of Dan and Donna Marion and is a graduate of Eureka (Mo.) High School.
Essay Contest Prize: $900K Maine Inn
Optimum Community held a Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest prize ceremony at Long Island Lutheran High School attended by NY State Assemblyman Michael Montesano. Eleventh grader Cara Yesko, first place winner in the high school category, was presented with an iPad Air. More than 600 students and teachers were in attendance along with Cara’s father and grandparents.