The three winners of the Equality Florida Key West High School essay contest were announced at the 15th Annual Gala on Saturday, March 28 at The Gardens Hotel. The topic for the 2015 essay contest was “Tolerance into Acceptance: Embracing Diversity”. The first place winner Talia Santiago received $250 and a Kindle Fire. Second place winner Ashley Martin was awarded $150 and the third place winner Daniela Pena received $100. The cash prizes were donated by the Key West Gay and Lesbian Community Center and Equality Florida Host Committee Member Janet Hinkle donated the Kindle Fire.
“We are very proud of these young ladies. Thank you for this great opportunity to showcase our Key West High School students,” commented Assistant Principal Jessy Archer.
The winning essayists were presented certificates and Equality Florida t-shirts at the high school on Tuesday, April 7.
Equality Florida Host Committee Member Mike Mongo added that his success in his career has been based on his ability to write an essay. He encouraged students to keep up the good work.
The essay contest is the brainchild of City Commissioner Jimmy Weekley and is in its second year. The topic for the 2016 essay contest will be announced in the fall.