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2016 Essay Contest Results

The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund is pleased to announce the winners of its 2016 scholarship essay contest for Michigan high school juniors and seniors. The contest is aimed to encourage Michigan youth to research and express their reflections on how the impacts of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks affected them personally, their family members or friends, their communities, or the nation as a whole. This year we were happy to award educational scholarships to three Michigan high school students.

Emma Drake, a senior at Williamston High School, won the first place scholarship for her essay “9/12/2001.” Her essay focused on the clash of coinciding eventsone the tragic events of 911 and the other a joyous birth of a family member. Emma plans to pursue a degree at Northwestern University in Mathematical Methods with a focus on Global Health.

Norah Graham was awarded the second place scholarship for her essay “The Effect of a Tragedy.” Norah is also a senior at Williamston High School, and will be attending the University of Madison-Wisconsin fall 2018 to pursue a degree in Environmental Science.

Kirsten Pollok, a senior at Williamston High School, was awarded honorable mention for her essay “A New Undertaking.” She plans to attend Michigan State University in the fall to study Microbiology.

The winners were awarded their scholarships at a ceremony held on April 13, 2016 at the offices of Anderson Economic Group, LLC in East Lansing.


Pictured from left to right are: Founder Patrick Anderson; Essay Winners Norah Graham and Emma Drake; Board Member Scott Watkins; and Executive Director Lauren Branneman.

*Not pictured: Essay Winner Kirsten Pollok