Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
Contest winner named
A Williamstown High School junior is the winner of the $500 “Promote Your School” scholarship essay contest, earning his school a photo shoot for pictures to be used in the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority’s 2010—2011 statewide college planning publications.
Steven E. Faulkner’s essay about the greatest challenge faced by high school students was chosen from over 500 entries from 89 schools across the state. Faulkner’s essay used procrastination — described as public enemy number one — as the biggest challenge to overcome. Judges said Faulkner’s writing really grabbed their attention, making his entry stand out in the crowded field.
In just 200 words, Faulkner described how “slacking” in high school can put students at a disadvantage after graduation and in life. He urged his fellow students to accept challenges like taking harder classes or completing assignments early to help prepare for “the tough, grueling world.”
“Excellent word choice and dramatic delivery set this one apart from the crowd,” said one judge of the contest. “Faulkner’s submission excelled in grammar, subject matter and creative imagery and truly sparkled with creativity.”
Faulkner received his award on Jan. 4 at Williamstown High School. KHEAA also presented a plaque to Williamstown High Principal Misty Buchanan, honoring the school as the 2010 model school.
Faulkner and other Williamstown students will participate in a photo shoot at the school in January. The pictures will be used in KHEAA’s 2010–2011 statewide college planning publications.
Faulkner is the son of Sherri and James Faulkner of Williamstown.
KHEAA is the state agency that administers grants, Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), work-study and savings programs and guarantees Federal Family Education Loans to help students pay for college or technical training.
To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, visit www.GoHigherKY.org. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602-0798; or call (800) 928-8926, extension 7372.
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