Stossel in the Classroom recently announced the winners of its second annual student essay contest.
Local honorees are Mark Dudek (semi-finalist) and Hannah Gilray (honorable mention), all from Fredonia High School and students in Lisa Reinhardt's broadcast journalism class. Essays were written for Reinhardt's class.
Stossel in the Classroom, a project of the non-profit Center for Independent Thought, provides free curriculum materials to teachers, using video clips from John Stossel television shows and specials. Stossel hosts a weekly program on the Fox Business Network.
Hannah Gilray (left) and Mark Dudek.
Students aged 13 to 18 were asked to write an essay about "Politicians' Promises Gone Wrong," after viewing John Stossel's Fox News special on that subject.
There were 3,944 essays submitted by students around the country, with 225 essays chosen as prize winners. Winners won cash prizes ranging from $50 to $1,500. The top two winners will receive all-expense-paid trips to New York City for a taping of one of Stossel's weekly shows, in addition to their cash awards. The top essays and a full list of winners are available at www.stosselintheclassroom.org/essaycontest.php?p=winning-essays.html.