Hart Student Runner-Up in National Essay Contest

Congratulations to 7th-grader Theresa Gao whose essay was chosen from among thousands of entries to be among the top 21 students nationwide in the Legacy Project's Listen to a Life essay contest.

Teacher Elizabeth Gage encouraged all of her students to enter the contest. The Legacy Project encourages young people to become more aware of their own dreams and goals – and what's needed to achieve them – by listening to the real-life stories of older adults.

The Listen to a Life essay contest is open to students age 8 to 18. They must interview an adult who's not their parent and write the story as an essay. Theresa interviewed and wrote about her grandfather, Gao Si Zai. Click here and scroll down to read Theresa's essay.

"I am so proud of Theresa, and I am so glad I encouraged students to enter this competition," Ms. Gage said. "As I told them, someone has to win, and if one does not
enter, one cannot win anything. Proof positive!"

One grand prize winner was selected, along with 20 runners-up from all across the nation. Theresa will get an Orchard software MP3 player and $400 of Orchard software. She'll also get a framed certificate and a copy of the book Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes.

Congratulations, Theresa!

Posted Thursday, May 13, 2010