2011 Essay Contest Results

The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund is pleased to announce the winners of its 2011 scholarship essay contest for Michigan high school juniors and seniors. The contest was developed to encourage Michigan youth to research and reflect on the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and how those events have impacted our world, nation, and communities.

Franco Bull, a student from Holt High School and an Early College student at Lansing Community College, has won the first place scholarship of $500.00 for his essay “How 9/11 Changed America and Future Generations.” Franco is the son of Elizabeth and Roy Bull. He plans to continue at Lansing Community College this fall, finishing in 2013. Then he intends to transfer to the University of Michigan and study neurology.

The second place scholarship was awarded to Christine Wojtowicz of Rochester Hills for her essay “10 Years After 9/11: Freedom or Security?” Christine is a senior at Avondale High School and the daughter of Linda and Brad Wojtowicz. In the fall, she plans to attend Grand Valley State University and major in Special Education. She plans to teach at the elementary level.

Ashley Oostindie of Hudsonville won the honorable mention award for her essay “A Change in the Weather.” Ashley is the daughter of Kimberly and David Oostindie and a senior at Hudsonville High School. She plans to attend Oklahoma City University in the fall to major in Performing Arts (Dance Performance) and minor in Spanish.