Essay Contest

Announcing 2009
Essay Contest Winners

The results for the 2009 Essay Contest are in! With hundreds of entries divided among the three categories, we were thrilled with the creativity and talent displayed by the homeschool students who participated from all over the country and the world.

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In Category I, students ages 7 to 10 were asked to answer this question:

The Bible talks about God knowing all our days and all the days of time. Why do you think you were born now instead of in another generation?

For Category II, students ages 11 to 14 were asked to answer this question:

If you were charged with the task of investing $100,000 how would you invest it and why? Part of the requirement is you cannot give it away or spend it on yourself.

Finally, in Category III, students ages 15 to 19 to answer this question:

How does the news media (TV news, newspapers, news websites or blogs) affect your perception of America? Be sure you talk about coverage of both good and bad news.

Below you will find the top five essays in each category as well as see the names of the finalists. To read the essays simply click on the names of the winners (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Thank you to all who participated! The proceeds from the contest will go to the Home School Foundation’s Special Needs Children’s Fund.

2009 Essay Contest Winners


First Place
David Holloway
Spotsylvania, VA

Second Place
Eliana Vogel
Camarillo CA

Third Place
Anastasia Ortiz
San Juan, PR

Honorable Mention
Mariah Harned
New Douglas, IL

Honorable Mention
Zach Grissom
Etna, WY

Jada Soliz, Travis
Nathan Smith
Cincinnati, OH
Mandy Jaster
Flushing, MI
Jessica Lawson
Addison, NY
Timothy Davis


First Place
Courtney Ngai
Simi Valley, CA

Second Place
Christine Dowell
Manhattan, KS

Third place
Sarah Isbell
Kingsport, TN

Honorable Mention
Daeus Lamb
Dublin, OH

Honorable Mention
Eva Domschot
Socorro, NM

Honorable Mention
Grace Hammes
Martelle, IA

Jamie Lorenz
Grand Blanc, MI
Kayleigh Sinopole
Poulsbo, WA
India Young
Christiansburg, VA
Glory Sanchez
Irving, TX


First Place
Lena Glaze
Selma, AL

Second Place
Grace Johnson
Lexington, KY

Third Place
Heather Dennis
Kirkalnd, AZ

Honorable Mention
Jennifer Nussio
Dumfries, VA

Honorable Mention
Noelle Chew
Tampa, FL

Jessica Eubank
Los Lunes, NM
Emily Sargent
East Barre, VT
Daniel Cook
Keystone Heights, FL
Josephine Teng
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Stephan Teng
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Callie Bonin
Lafayette, LA

Please contact the Contest Coordinator at contests@hslda.org with any questions.