Student Essay Challenge
Each year the theme for our President Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge reflects an on important part of Gerald Ford’s character. During the 2011 – 2012 school year students were asked to write about “Leadership”. Over 300 high school students from public and private, city, suburban, and rural areas participated.
The result was a diverse and thought-provoking selection of essays. The 18 finalists are recognized each year at a special awards program at the Museum the evening of President’s Day. The Essay Challenge is a collaboration between The Grand Rapids Press Newspapers in Education, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
First Place: Grady Sertic, 12th Grade, Portage Central High School
Second Place: Samantha Kay Dickson, 11th Grade, Allendale High School
Third Place: Sarah Hartlieb, 12th Grade, Schoolcraft High School
First Place: Emilee Ritz, 12th Grade, Forest Hills Northern High School
Second Place: Steve Jakubowski, 10th Grade, Catholic Central High School
Third Place: John Veldkamp, 9th Grade, Calvin Christian High School
First Place: Martha Veldkamp, 12th Grade, Calvin Christian High School
Second Place: Sara DenBraber, 9th Grade, Catholic Center High School
Third Place: Rachel McDaniel, 12th Grade, Allegan High School
First Place: Steven Harwood, 12th Grade, Northview High School
Second Place: Sarah Legault, 11th Grade, Forest Hills Northern High School
Third Place: Joanna Chen, 11th Grade, Forest Hills Northern High School