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`Laws of Life' essay winners announced.

FITCHBURG - The Fitchburg High Schools 2008 Laws of Life Essay Contest, sponsored by the Montachusett Area Rotary Club, awarded more than $4,000 in prizes at a ceremony recently at Fitchburg State College.

Students were asked to reflect and write about the values they believe will help live successful and productive lives. Essays were written in February and the 34 finalists were selected by students of Patricia Smith, at Fitchburg State College. Senior and junior winners were selected by community judges Acting Police Chief Philip Kearns, Fire Chief Kevin Roy, Library Director Ann Wirtanen, Mayor Lisa Wong, and FSC President Robert V. Antonucci. Freshman and sophomore winners were selected by Rotary Club members Lynn Sarao, Tony Gasbarro, and Nick Storrs.

The winners were:

Seniors: First Place, $1,000: Shane Haase.

Honorable Mention, $200 each: Erika Suomala, James Pelletier, Cesavon Vang, and Shelby Giaccarini.

Finalists, $25 Staples gift certificates: Koua Xiong, Kirstie Galletta, Zachary Zins, Nathania Demosthenes, Andrew McCluskey, Zack L'Ecuyer, Steve Silvar Jr. and Ashlie Cormier.

Juniors: First Place, $500: Isiah Ford.

Honorable Mention, $150 each: Joseph Landry, Ashley Cornish, Douglas Dame and Zachary John.

Finalists, $25 Staples gift certificates: Karah Barry, Veronica Adler, Bee Yang, Cory Kymalainen, Nicole Dupuis and Tyler Leger.

Sophomores: First Place, $300: Brianna Marie Reyes.

Honorable Mention, $75 each: Kimberly Hilton, Amanda Page, Shelby Concetta Sjostedt and Brandon Holden.

Freshmen: First Place, $200: Macy Woodard.

Honorable Mention, $50 each: Rebeca Martinez-Rivera, Shannon Gugarty, Dominique Chaput and Chao Yang.

Fitchburg High School has partnered with the Montachusett Rotary Club for the local Laws of Life Essay Contest.

The contest committee's plan is to expand to other schools in the Montachusett region in the future.

The goal is to have as many students write ethical essays about laws of life that are important to them to learn to express themselves and their views about life.

The committee welcomes questions and support to expand this project. Committee members include Mr. Antonucci, Fitchburg High teachers Richard Vaughn and Sharon Gallo, and Montachusett Rotary Club member Mr. Storrs.
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