Laura Mersereau Memorial Award Essay Contest

The Laura Mersereau Memorial Essay Contest Awards Ceremony was held on December 11, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. in the Portland City Hall Atrium. Click on the links below to view the program, read my closing speech, and personal essay, and to read the top three student essay winners. The question posed is: Why do you think high schoolers drink or take drugs; how do you resist the temptation, and how would you discourage a friend who’s thinking about starting or who has started already? To read more essays visit the Oregon Partnership website.

Award Ceremony Speech
Award Ceremony Program
Personal Integrity – Drug and Alcohol Refusal Skills

First Place Essay – A Living Miracle

by Arunee SengChanh, Parkrose High School

First Place Essay – The Acceptable “No”

by Hilary Annes, Sandy High School

Honorable Mention Essay

by Chloe Jones, Wilson High School

Photos of Essay Contest

Summary of Student Public Policy Suggestions

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