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Winners announced in “If you were President” writing prompt contest

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Winners Announced In “If You Were President” Writing Prompt Contest

The Arizona Educational Foundation Annual Polly Rosenbaum Creative Writing Contest has concluded. 

This year’s prompt: “If you were President of the United States, what would be your top issue and how would you address it?”

The top students in each category of the 2017 Contest and their guests will join state leaders at the Arizona State Capitol, Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. for an awards ceremony. 

Students will be recognized in front of guests and state leaders from the Governor’s Office and the Arizona State Board of Education at 10:30 a.m. in the Historic Senate Chamber.

Following the presentation of awards, the first place winners will read their entries. 

Arizona’s Poet Laureate, Alberto Rios, will keynote the event following the award ceremony and reading of the winning entries. 

Second and third place students will read their entries during a private lunch at approximately 11:30 a.m. in the Historic Supreme Court Chamber.

The lunch portion of the awards ceremony is closed to the public.

7th & 8th Grade Category 

1st Place: Zion Royal, Vista del Sur Accelerated Academy, Laveen

2nd Place: Kayleigh Ott, Western Sky Middle School, Goodyear

3rd Place: Estrella Angel, Western Sky Middle School, Goodyear

9th & 10th Grade Category

1st Place: Katherine Chou, Hamilton High School, Chandler

2nd Place: Fiona Sauve’, Highland High School, Gilbert

3rd Place: Jenny Gomez, Amphitheater High School, Tucson

11th & 12th Grade Category:

1st Place: Shruthi Srinivasan, Hamilton High School, Chandler

2nd Place: Brenna Swaffar, Chandler High School, Chandler

3rd Place: Momen Abdelkarim, Hamilton High School, Chandler


The Polly Rosenbaum writing contest is named for former state representative and teacher, Polly Rosenbaum who passed away in 2003 at the age of 104. 

This writing contest is a long-standing tradition honoring Mrs. Rosenbaum, who believed Arizona’s young people are the state’s greatest resource. 

Click here to learn more about the program and the Arizona Educational Foundation.