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Students Inspired by Code of the West

Krista Malcom, Guernsey-Sunrise HS, 1st Place; Brooklyn Hytrek, Natrona County High School, 2nd Place; Izabella McTague, Worland High School, 3rd Place. ©BGCCW2019

A Guernsey-Sunrise High School student’s harrowing experience on the wrong end of a gun earned her the top prize at the American Dream Essay Contest. Krista Malcom received a total of $5,300.00 for her essay titled “One Shot”. Her writing told of how she changed a terrifying experience of having a gun pressed against her forehead into a new outlook on life and living each day with courage. Malcom’s essay was chosen as the winning entry out of more than 800 essays submitted in the statewide competition.

1st place winner Krista Malcom won $5,300 for her top essay. (Pictured with Ashley Bright, CEO, BGCCW) ©BGCCW2019

Brooklyn Hytrek from Natrona County High School in Casper received $3,300.00 for her second place essay and Izabella McTague from Worland won $2,300.00 for her third place essay. The awards were handed out Sunday in Casper.

The American Dream Essay Contest is centered on bestselling author, Jim Owen’s “Ten Principles to Live By,” as highlighted in his book Cowboy Ethics. Every high school and homeschool student in grades 9-12 is invited is invited to participate by reflecting on the ten principles and writing an essay based on their own personal beliefs or guiding forces.

The 2019 local first place winners. ©BGCCW2019

A total of 822 students, representing 26 schools, participated in this year’s contest. Monetary awards are given for first, second, and third place winners on the local level. The first place winner from each school is forwarded to the state competition where their essay was evaluated by a separate panel of judges to determine the state winner. The top essay wins $5,000.00 cash, second place receives $3,000.00 and third $2,000.00. Sponsoring teachers also receive monetary incentives for participation and a prize if their student’s essay wins at the state level.  More than $38,000.00 was awarded in prize money.

The American Dream Essay contest is sponsored by the Templeton Foundation, Zimmerman Family Foundation, Robert P. Schuster, Larry and Margo Bean, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming.



Local First Place Winners: Sydney Haynes, Arvada-Clearmont; Hollis Mantle, Buffalo High School; Ammon Bullinger, Burlington High School; Michael Martinez-Montano, Cheyenne South High School; Dayne Anderson, Encampment School; Nicole Alderson and Lachelle Schultz (tie), Expedition Academy; Devlynn Appeney, Fort Washakie High School; Adelaide Williams, Glenrock High School; Olivia Nielsen, Green River High School; Krista Malcom, Guernsey-Sunrise High School; Hannah Hu, Hot Springs County High School; Kirsten Roussel, Kelly Walsh High School; Chelsea West, Lander Valley High School; Katie Napier, Lingle-Ft. Laramie High School; Alicia Brock, Meeteetse School; Morgan Witkop, Mount Hope Lutheran School; Tynnille Hansen, Mountain View High School; Brooklyn Hytrek, Natrona County High School; Alec Penfield, Niobrara County High School; Griffin Zapata, Riverside High School; Jenna Verdier, Sheridan High School; Mercy McAndrew, Southeast High School; Ethan Mills, Upton High School; Izabella McTague, Worland High School; Siona Astorga, Wyoming Indian High School; Josh Burke, Wyoming Virtual Academy

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