NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest

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2019 Contest Winners

The students who made the submissions were enrolled in an elementary, junior high, or high school. Winners were selected by a committee made up of NRA Assistant General Counsel Skipp Galythly and Morgan Shields; Paralegals Katie Crowley, Jackie Husar and Emily Freeman; and NRA employees Rachel Lacey and Stephen McCormick.

Senior Category (Grades 9 through 12)

First Place

Angela Zhong

Second Place

Sarah Sasser

Third Place

Jessica Overbay

Fourth Place

Emma Sanders

Honorable Mentions

Cole Robert Chmielewski
Charles Dellamura
Troy Ocean Dybowski
James Fleenor
Hallee Layman
Mimi Le
Hunter Letcher
Megan Miller
Jenna Miloe
Robert E. North
Taylor Phann
Emma Schatzel
Savannah Sisk


Junior Category (Grades 8 and below)

First Place

Jordan Smothers

Second Place

Mary Payton Crosby

Third Place

Lucy Crosby

Fourth Place

Nicholas Peter Durant

Honorable Mentions

Anthony Rovera
Anna Crisman


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