"This I Believe" Essay Winners to be Honored
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum and Rotary Club of Springfield Sunrise
Ten students who have written thought-provoking personal essays for the annual NPR Illinois “This I Believe” contest will be honored during a special ceremony at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
The winners of the contest, which is co-sponsored by Rotary Club of Springfield Sunrise, will get to read their essays in the museum’s Union Theater. They will also receive $500 stipends.
The winning students and their essay titles are:
- Kenya Apongule, Southeast High School, Springfield; “My Black is Beautiful”
- Grace Beyers, Southeast High School, Springfield; “I Believe in a Royal Flush”
- Jatin Dhamrait, Springfield High School, Springfield; “Chalk”
- Ashanti Hatchett, Lanphier High School, Springfield; “Unconventional Beauty”
- Kylee Kazenski, North Mac High School, Virden; “I Believe in Passing the Ball”
- Truman Poteat, North Mac High School, Auburn; “I Believe in Big Ideas”
- Luke Siebers, Quincy Notre Dame, Quincy; “Honesty is the Best Policy”
- Jeramey Spann, North Mac High School, Virden; “Superheroes”
- Joseph Tisckos, Southeast High School, Springfield; “False Boundaries”
- Ethan Whelpley, Glenwood High School, Chatham; “Chemistry Lessons”
The essay contest is based on the 1951 radio program hosted by Edward R. Murrow that gave contributors the chance to write a short essay conveying what they believe. NPR Illinois adopted this idea to ask central Illinois high school seniors to write about their beliefs as they prepare to enter adulthood.
The essays air on NPR Illinois and appear in The (Springfield) State Journal-Register. The project is supported by Rotary Club of Springfield Sunrise; Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP; Marine Bank; BLH Computers; Brian Barstead; the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation; and Rotary District 6460.
The free event, including a reception with the students after the presentations, is open to the general public. Please RSVP here.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
212 N. 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701 (Map)