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Random Rippling - National Heritage Essay Luncheon
posted: May 13, 2016

"The Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple has sponsored the National Heritage Essay Contest for 35 years. Sertoma believes that participation encourages students to better understand the founding principles of our country and consider how those principles affect their lives today. The contest is open to 6th grade students in public, private, and parochial schools in the Greater Indianapolis area. This year, 18 schools totaling 69 classrooms submitted more than 1,441 essays from Marion and Hamilton counties. This was an increase of 340 papers over last year. Classroom winners were chosen from the top three submitted by the teacher from each classroom. Also, a total of 20 finalists were identified for consideration as one of the Grand Prize Winners."
The winners received a plaque and monetary honorarium, the teachers likewise. Mothers of the winners took home the table centerpieces and the other ladies at the guest tables were given a pretty yellow flower in a vase.
FIRST GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Sammie Smulyan from The Orchard School, Mr. Justin C. Burris, teacher, Jeff and Heather Smulyan, parents.
Essay: "Freedom means the right to have choices, the right to free speech, and the right to vote. I realized the cost of freedom while walking through the thousands of graves in the American Cemetery while visiting Normandy. If these young soldiers on the beaches in Normandy hadn't sacrificed their lives, all the freedoms I enjoy now would be gone. This one place shows how valuable our freedom is and what others before us were willing to sacrifice so we can live in a free society today."
Second Grand Prize Winner: Sarah Warf from Carmel Middle School, Ms. Page Dorsey, teacher, Wayne and Jennifer Warf, parents.
Third Grand Prize Winner: Gracie Fisher from Carmel Middle School, Mr. Peyton Balasko, teacher, Jon and Tracy Fisher, parents
Honorable Mention: Yael Cohen from Hasten Hebrew Academy, Ms. Patricia Berg, teacher

Random Rippling - National Heritage Essay Luncheon
image courtesy of Tom Lange


Left to right: top three finishers Gracie Fisher, Sammie Smulyan, and Sarah Warf.
Random Rippling - National Heritage Essay Luncheon
image courtesy of Tom Lange



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