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WINNERS Announced: 2017 BE INSPIRED Essay Contest

WINNERS Announced in the 2017 BE INSPIRED Essay Contest, presented by UPMC

The 5th Annual BE INSPIRED Essay Contest, presented by UPMC, provided regional youth with an opportunity to consider the legacy of female changemakers past and present.

The Girls Coalition of SWPA is excited to announce nine winners from our 2017 Essay Contest. Representing over 7 different schools and variety of inspirational, female changemakers.

The winners were recognized on Saturday, June 24, 2017 during a Recognition Event. During the event, winners received their awards, shared portions of their essays, and celebrated with family and friends at the Union Project in Highland Park.

Our nine winners span three age groups: Grades 6-7, Grades 8-9, and Grades 10-12. They are:

WINNERS: Grades 6-7
1st Place | Alina Zaidi, Grade 7, Marshall Middle School (North Allegheny)
2nd Place | Georgia Cox, Grade 7, Sewickley Academy
3rd Place | Asia Hall, Grade 7, Urban Pathways 6-12 Charter School

WINNERS: Grades 8-9
1st Place | Ananya Rao, Grade 8, Seneca Valley Middle School (Seneca Valley)
2nd Place | Claire Shao, Grade 8, Marshall Middle School (North Allegheny)
3rd Place | Rachel Bina, Grade 8, Ingomar Middle School (North Allegheny)

WINNERS: Grades 10-12
1st Place | Chloe Cropper, Grade 10, Avonworth High School (Avonworth)
2nd Place | Elaine Gao, Grade 11, North Allegheny Senior High School (North Allegheny)
3rd Place | Suong Tran, Grade 10, Montour High School (Montour)

For more details about our winners and to read the winning essays, head over to our Resources & Opportunities page!

Congratulations to ALL of our winners and to ALL of the young writers who submitted wonderful essays about female changemakers.  Finally, a HUGE thank you to UPMC for supporting this amazing opportunity for young women.