In January Sophomore Rubye Ney entered an essay on immigration to the the national Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office essay contest. We are super pleased to announce that she has been awarded second place in the MCC Central States regional level of the contest. In addition to advancing on to the national level of the contest, she will receive a check for $75. Congratulations, Rubye!
According to the announcement from MCC, the contest was open to Anabaptist youth of high school age and were required to write a composition of four to six pages on one of three topics – gun violence in the U.S., Colombia or Immigration. All three regional winners attend Mennonite high schools, however the contest is open to Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and other Anabaptist youth of high school age and to all youth who attend Mennonite high schools within the United States and Puerto Rico. First place winner was Dane Allison, a senior at Freeman Academy in Freeman, SD.
The judge of the contest was André Swartley, Creative Writing Instructor at Hesston College in Hesston, KS. He explains, “It’s wonderful that a contest with such a significant prize is offered to high school students for essay writing, and even more wonderful that so many students get on board and take it so seriously. No doubt the exercise will help them as they transition to college-level essay writing.”
Through this contest MCC encourages youth to explore the relationship of faith and public policy as well as increase awareness for the advocacy work of MCC’s Washington office. To learn more about the work of MCC’s Washington Office, see mcc.org/washington.