Illinois 1st District State Senator Tony Muñoz, left, stands alongside winning Nathanael Greene Elementary School writers L. Cruz and Z. Martinez, joined by Principal Shelley Lugo-Cordova, center, Assistant Principal Myrna Villafuerte and Roy Pletsch of the McKinley Park Civic Association.

Essay Contest Winners Share Stories of Their Heroes

Published February 21, 2020

Five McKinley Park neighborhood students received plaudits for their winning essays in a contest sponsored by the McKinley Park Civic Association and Illinois 1st District State Senator Tony Muñoz. Titled "My hero is ...," the writing contest solicited tales of local heroes, with winners picked according to age and class category.

 
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"The response was better than I anticipated," said Roy Pletsch, education officer for the civic association. Judges reviewed over 100 entries through five categories: grades 3 to 5, grades 6 to 8, high school, special education and English language learner.

 
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Winning students included attendees at Nathanael Greene Elementary School and Evergreen Academy Middle School in the McKinley Park neighborhood. In addition to essays about family members, one winner wrote of the cardiologist who helped save her life, Pletsch said. 

The winning writers are L. Cruz, Z. Martinez, R. Morena, G. Rios and G. Torres, Pletsch said. All will be feted at the upcoming McKinley Park Civic Association Banquet and Awards on Sunday, March 8, and receive a certificate, a copy of the Illinois Blue Book and a commemorative silver coin, he said.

Based on the strong interest in the contest, the association hopes to continue it next year, Pletsch said.

McKinley Park Civic Association Essay Contest winners Evergreen Academy Middle School
From left, Illinois 1st District State Senator Tony Muñoz joins Evergreen Academy Middle School Assistant Principal Deb Polak, winning students R. Morena and G. Rios, and Roy Pletsch of the McKinley Park Civic Association.


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