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Essay Contest Scholarship Winners
NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest
2018 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
Jonathan Andrew McCormick, Jr. of Hutchinson, Minnesota
Second Place
Jherrie Darby of Long Branch, New Jersey
Third Place
Zachary Martin of Bowling Green, Kentucky
Fourth Place
Joe Carpenter of Holt, Missouri
Honorable Mentions
Derek Yuan Carmichael, CA
Larissa Lapak Montrose. Michigan
James Bingui Wang Lynchburg, Virginia
Tessa Hong Chapel Hill, NC
Carson P. Murray Nipomo, CA
Emma Bonovitch Glen Allen, Virginia
Taylor Barry Villa Rica, Georgia
Jacob Thomas Wolfe Fairhope, Alabama
Jade Harbaugh Burlington, North Dakota
Kaitlynn Lummer Cascade, Montana
Lucas Acosta-Morales Chalfont, Pennsylvania
Vidor H. Lujan Key Biscayne, Florida
Kristen Rebecca Stanciu Meridian, Idaho
Faith Wassink Dorr, Michigan
Deborah Ford Burney, California
Emily Carr Conesus, New York
Noah Sylvia Fort Hood Texas
Austin Kent Arceneaux Saint Amant, Louisiana
Sarah Hawthorne Milford, Pennsylvania
Taylor Mackenzie Williams Rocklin, California
Ronald Alex Pinson Zanesville, Ohio
Lillian Fedler Sauk City, Wisconsin
Joseph Carnes Wilton, California
Emily Flemming Travelers Rest, South Carolina
Avery Apfelbeck Medford, Wisconsin
Junior Category (Grades 8 and below)
First Place
Evan Yuan of Carmichael, California
Second Place
Elise Callens of Marshall, Minnesota
Third Place
Mara Sidloski of Kent, Ohio
Fourth Place
Heather Andrea Long of Cayce, South Carolina
Honorable Mentions
Lucy Crosby Burlington, Washington
Jose Hernandez-Beltran Mecca, CA
Joachim (JJ) Lafaso Thibodaux, LA
William Ditmore Great Falls, VA
Chayil Droblyn Quinlan, Texas

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