Stossel in the Classroom recently announced the winners of its seventh annual student essay contest.
The top prize went to Sophia Rhoads, a 14-year-old student from Dallas, Georgia. Bethany Cooksey, a 15-year-old student from McMinnville, Oregon, was awarded second place.
A local student, Kayla DePriest (Daughter of Chuck & Renee DePriest), from Cedar Ridge Christian Academy,was a finalist for the third year in a row and was awarded Honorable Mention this year.
Stossel in the Classroom, a project of the non-profit Center for Independent Thought, provides free curriculum materials and assistance to teachers, featuring video clips from TV journalist John Stossel.
Students aged 12 to 18 were asked to write an essay examining how technological innovation has changed our lives and suggesting what America should do about it, after viewing John Stossel’s TV special on the issue.
There were more than 2,200 essays submitted by students across the U.S. and Canada, with 125 essays chosen as prize winners. Winners won cash prizes ranging from $50 to
$1,500. The top two winners will receive all-expense-paid trips to New York City to have lunch with John Stossel, in addition to their cash awards.
The top essays and a full list of winners are available at http ://stossel intheclassroom. org/essay _contest/winners/