SOUTH DAKOTA — Over $1,000 of prizes are being awarded to 14 students in grades seven through 12 as the winners of the S.D. Right to Life essay contest. More than 200 youth from throughout South Dakota wrote 300-500 word essays on the topic “Why are YOU pro-life?”
Bryce Fopma, seventh- and eighth-grade Language Arts teacher at Sioux Falls Christian School, is just one educator who uses the contest as a class project.
“The Right to Life Essay Contest allows my students an opportunity to express their thanks to God and to their parents for giving them life,” Fopma said. “Many of the students research the topic and discover some of the horrific details of abortion and how many lives have been snuffed out each year because of abortion. My students are the next generation, and I am impressed with their assertions that they indeed want to make a difference and they value all of life.”
Senior High division winners in grades 10-12 include first place, Sarah Cotey, daughter of Bill and Heidie Cotey, fourth place Francesca Dyke, and fifth place Brigit Blote, all of Rapid City; second place, Katelyn Karhoff, Mitchell; third place Duncan Pease, Centerville; and Honorable mention to Hannah Van Heuvelen, Miller.
Winners in the Junior High division for grades seven-nine are first place, Emily Whitehead, daughter of Tom and Karen Whitehead, Marion; second place, Taryn DeJong, and third place, Maggie Farrell of Sioux Falls; fourth place, Tori Pease, and honorable mention Ella Pease, both of Centerville; fifth place, Kieran Harrell, Yankton, and Honorable mentions to Caden Mollman and Arin Wagner, both of Rapid City.
First place winners in each division are invited to read their essays at the annual Hour of Reflection, to be held this year on Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Capitol Rotunda in Pierre.
Winning essays are posted on the S.D. Right to Life website, www.sdrighttolife.org