Boca Student Places First In Major Essay Contest

BOCA RATON, FL ( — Congratulations to Sarah Palumbo — a former student at Eagles Landing Middle School — who just won first place in a major essay contest.

From the Palm Beach County School District:

Four Palm Beach Schools’ Students Win The Steward Of America Essay Awards: the first place in the middle school category and the first, second, and third places in the high school category.

The goal of the essay contest was to promote the mission of Stewards of America, LLC, which is to conserve natural environments for the next generation by inspiring the future Stewards of America.

The prompt for middle school essay was:  What does the word stewardship mean to you and how can fostering a new generation of stewards change our world for the better?

Sarah Palumbo (8th Grader at Eagles Landing Middle School last year) won the first place award. In her essay she stated: “Stewardship means the observation, management, and care given to something by a steward; specifically those critical natural gifts that are found in the environment that we want to protect for future generations.”

The prompt for the high school essay was:  Aldo Leopold said, “When land does well for its owner, and the owner does well by his land – when both end up better by reason of their partnership – then we have conservation.”  How does this concept show the personal and social responsibility we have to conserve land for future generations?

Jhanelle Bisasor (12th Grader at Suncoast Community High School) won the first place award. She stated in her essay: “As humans, the responsibility to conserve resources is particularly poignant, especially considering the poor effort that we are currently putting forth.  It is the prime objective of all species to survive and provide for the survival of future generations.  We as a species receive our every need from Earth.  Without nature, our needs could not be met, and our survival would be impossible.  In order for our species to survive and flourish, it is crucial that we conserve resources for sustainable use by future generations.”

Laurie Laborde and Stephanie Maravankin, from Wellington High School, respectively won second and third place in the high school category.


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