AAJHS student wins second place in essay contest

Three middle school students representing various middle schools throughout the U.S. have received awards for their winning submissions in the 2018-19 Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation Essay Contest.

Among them was Danielle Bardelang a student at Altoona Area Junior High School, who won second place.

The 2019 essay theme asked students to “Imagine that you could give advice to someone — it could be someone you know personally, a historical figure or a famous person living today.”

The contest received close to 60 entries from students in grades six to eight.

The awards included: a Nextbook 7-inch tablet for first place, a $50 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble for second place and a $25 gift certificate for Barnes and Noble for third place.

The panel of more than six judges — comprised of foundation board members and volunteers — were astounded and humbled by the variety of people chosen in the essays written by middle students from across the country.

“It was an ‘amazing opportunity’ to have a chance to read some of the entries,” said foundation board member Joshua James, who helped judge the contest.

“They inspired me and filled me with hope for our young people.”

All winning essays will be posted at a later date on the foundation’s website.