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Winning youth essays at library

Submitted by on 1, October 29, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

We were out at the library this past weekend and noticed a display next to the stairs featuring the winners of the Asian Pacific Fund’s annual Growing Up Asian in America art and essay contest. Two of the winners are from Alameda schools.

Elaine Ma, a student at the Alameda Science & Technology Institute, won a $2,000 first prize in the grades 9-12 category for her essay, “My Drive to Strive.” Kristyna Smith, a student from Alameda High School, won an honorable mention and a $100 gift for her essay, “Ippon!”

The students were among about 1,000 Bay Area youths who participate in the contest each year. This year’s theme was “Winning and Losing, Competition and Teamwork.”

If you want to check out the exhibit, it’ll be at the main library through the end of the week. If you can’t make it and want to see those winning essays, they’re available online through the links above.

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