December 20, 2002

Darnall Elementary Student Wins Assemblymember Kehoe’s 5th Grade Essay Contest

In recognition of Red Ribbon Week, Assembly-member Christine Kehoe (76th District) invited every 5th grader in her district to participate in an essay contest on “The Importance of Living a Tobacco-Free Life.” After reading all of the essays, Kehoe announced the winner at an assembly at Darnall Elementary School on Monday.

Assemblymember Kehoe Darnall Principal Lisa Berlanga essay-contest winner Sonia Licon and her mom

Assemblymember Kehoe opened the assembly by honoring teacher Barbara Rasmussen with a “Certificate of Recognition” from the State of California for inspiring fifteen of her students – the most received from one class — to write the essays.

“It was very difficult picking a winner for this essay contest – I received so many special and well thought-out essays,” Kehoe told the group of 5th graders. “But, it wouldn’t be a contest if everyone won — so I had to pick a winner. The essay I chose was original, thoughtful and poetic.”

The first-place honor went to 5th grader Sonia Licon, who was on hand to read her award-winning essay and receive her prize, a digital camera. Although it was a surprise to Sonia, Sonia’s mother was told beforehand that her daughter won and was there in a show of pride and support.

“The Red Ribbon Campaign and the essay contest is an excellent community opportunity for a statewide effort to alert children of the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs,” said Assemblymember Kehoe. “I am proud that so many students in my district have pledged to lead drug and tobacco-free lives.”

After reading her essay to fellow students, Sonia immediately put her new camera to use as she snapped pictures of her friends with Assemblymember Kehoe.

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