Bedford, N.Y. and Washington, D.C. -- Daniel Robbins, a
graduating senior of Fox Lane High School in Bedford, NY, was named
first place winner of the New America Foundation's Improving the Lives
of Children Essay Contest.
At the announcement ceremony today, Daniel
Robbins received a $2,500 prize for
college. Congressman John J. Hall, from the 19th Congressional District
in New York, presented the check.
year's winner was selected from more than 3,400 entrants, from high
schools in every state in the country.
essay contest is held with the support of the Annie E. Casey
school seniors wrote 600 words on the question, "You have just been
elected the President of the United States. What is the most important
thing you will do to improve the lives of America's children?" Essays
are judged on the quality of both the ideas and the writing.
purpose of the 'Improving the Lives of Children' Essay contest is to
draw attention to the need for new ideas that can make a difference in the lives of
America's youth. Daniel's essay highlights some of the
critical needs of America's young people," said David Gray, Director of
the Workforce and Family Program at New America.
contest finalist judges included a former First Lady of Pennsylvania,
former State Education Officer of the District of Columbia and a
regional leader at Youth Venture.
"We received wonderfully
insightful essays from young people across the nation," said Mr. Gray.
"We were very impressed by the caliber of the essays. We hope this
contest and the work around it continues to draw attention to the need
for investments in young people."
The New America Foundation's
Workforce and Family Program educates and engages policy-makers and the public
to build consensus around new policy solutions that benefit children,
strengthen families, improve workforce skill development, help Americans
balance their work and life commitments, and enhance the competitiveness of the
American economy. The program conducts research, holds conferences and events
and promotes innovative, market-oriented solutions to pressing public problems.
The 2009 Winner is:"Improving the Lives of Children"
by Daniel Robbins, Bedford, NY - Fox Lane High SchoolThe 2009 finalists are:
Tara Murphy, Tucson, AZ - Marana High School
Isaac Fonken, Estes Park, CO - Wilderness Academy Home School
Neil Menon, Wyoming, OH - Wyoming High School
Kate O'Connor, Plymouth, MI - Salem High School
Sophia Zhang, Charlotte, NC - North Mecklenburg High School
Margaret Dudasik, Nutley, NJ - Academy of the Holy Angels
Daniel Robbins, Bedford, NY - Fox Lane High School
Erika DiLorenzo, Clifton Park, NY - Catholic Central High School
Tyrik Thorn, Philadelphia, PA - William L. Sayre High School
Abby O'Hare, Sayre, PA - Sayre Area High School
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About New America
New America Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan public
policy institute whose purpose is to bring exceptionally promising new
ideas and new voices to the fore of our nation's public discourse. New
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