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American Dream Essay Contest Winners

Sunday, April 9, 2022

American Dream Essay Contest Award Winners

As part of the American Dream Essay Contest, Wyoming students wrote essays about how their lives have been shaped by a personal code of ethics. The contest is centered on “Ten Principles to Live By,” as highlighted in the book, Cowboy Ethics, by bestselling author Jim Owens. Every high school and homeschool student in grades 9-12 was invited to participate by reflecting on the Ten Principles (or their personal ethical beliefs), and writing an essay based on these guiding forces.

On Sunday, April 9, 2022, first place winners from schools throughout the state competed for first, second, third place, and two honorable mentions at the state competition, which was held at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper.

First place winner was DeEtte Hofmann from Worland High School. She received $5,000.

Second place winner, Keenan Morgan from Roosevelt High School, received $3,000.

Third place winner, Arielle Coleman from Kelly Walsh High School, won $2,000.

Honorable mentions Skylar Messick from Wyoming Girls School and Allison Bromley from Encampment High School each received $1,000.

Students were sponsored by teachers, and the local teacher of each school’s first place winner was also recognized at the competition and received $300 for full-class participation. The American Dream Essay contest has impacted the lives of youth for over 20 years in Wyoming. Students have experienced life-changing discoveries about who they are and their future potentia

The American Dream Essay contest is made possible by support from the Zimmerman Family Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, Hilltop National Bank, Larry and Margo Bean, Kevin and Julie Murphy, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming.

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