Local students awarded recognition and scholarships

Special to The Times

Two Strong Rock Christian School juniors were recently honored with recognition and scholarship awards. Both students entered essays in the annual Georgetown Club of Georgia High School Writing Contest. Of the 236 essays received from 11th graders around the state, Georgetown awarded first place to Skylar Hudgins-Wallace; Grace Wagers’ essay received second place honors. Skylar received a scholarship award of $1,000, while Grace received $750. According to contest chairman Rebecca O’Connor, it is “very unusual to have students from the same school” in the top three spots. The girls were honored Saturday night at the Georgetown Club of Georgia’s Annual Winter Gala and Georgia High School Writing Contest Awards, held at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. Each presented a speech highlighting their essay topics.

L. to r.: Skylar Hudgins-Wallace and Grace Wagers with their English teacher, Kyle Mann. Special photo

The winning essays addressed the following topic: “You are the Secretary General of the UN in 2015. You have been approached by an anonymous donor who would like to contribute $50,000,000 toward a world program, in the hopes of addressing and/or solving a most important dilemma facing the international community of nations in 2015. What issue or issues would you address with these funds/why is it the most important issue(s) facing the nations of the world in 2015? How would you expect this donation to benefit the dilemma you chose and how would you measure success?” Skylar addressed the defeat of ISIS and Grace wrote on the need for proper sanitation in underdeveloped countries.