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2017 Essay Contest Results

The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 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.

Zarin Loosli, a senior from Canton High School, has won the first place scholarship of $250 for his essay “Gaining Empathy.” His essay focused on a trip to the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania and the impact it had in his life. Upon graduation, Zarin plans to serve on a mission with his church. In the fall he will study computer science at Brigham Young University.


Kaylin Brown of Grand Ledge was awarded the second place scholarship for her essay “Home of the Brave.” Kaylin is currently a junior at Grand Ledge High School. After she graduates she plans to go to college and study pharmacy.


Samuel Blumer, a senior from Grand Ledge High School, won the honorable mention award for his essay “My First Moment of Silence.” He plans to attend Michigan State University in the fall to study engineering.

The winners were awarded their scholarships at a ceremony held on April 27, 2018 at the offices of Anderson Economic Group, LLC in East Lansing.
From left: Lauren Branneman, Kaylin Brown, Patrick Anderson, Samuel Blumer, Scott Watkins, Zarin Loosli