Pictured are State Essay Contest Winners: Junior Kyla Reynolds (left) and Junior Morgan Loftus (right)
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Seneca Junior Kyla Reynolds (they/them)earned first place in the essay contest sponsored by The Elizabeth Ann Seton Center for Women’s Studies at Seton Hall University.
Seneca Junior Morgan Loftus (she/her) was awarded honorable mention. The 26th annual essay contest was held in celebration of Women’s History Month and was open to all high school students in New Jersey.
The author of the winning essay, Reynolds, will receive a $100 gift card and a certificate.
The authors of the two honorable mention essays, including Loftus, will each receive a $50 gift card and a certificate.
Both will be honored at the annual Women’s Conference at Seton Hall University, which will be held in March 2022.
The winning essays will be read aloud by their authors at the opening session of the conference.
Students were asked to write about a female role model, someone who has inspired and influenced them.
Essays were between 500 and 750 words in length. Each essay was evaluated for originality, execution, and adherence to the topic and format requirements.
The Lenape Regional High School District’sfour high schools – Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee, and Seneca – as well as the Sequoia Alternative Program, educate approximately 6,850 students from eight communities in Burlington County.
The communities served include Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle, and Woodland.
The Lenape Regional District is among the highest-achieving districts in the state, with an average graduation rate of 97.4% and an average combined SAT score of 1139.
A leader in progressive education, the LRHSD’smission is to develop physically and emotionally healthy students who excel in an ever-changing world.