JANUARY 21, 2010

Orofino student wins essay contest

   Meredith Thompson of Orofino was among the Idaho who won a total of $2,000 for their essays on the importance of education choice in Idaho.

   Darrel Deide, Chairman of the Political Action Committee, Idahoans for Choice in Education announced the winners of the 2009 essay contest Jan. 13. Essays were received from 334 Idaho charter school students, representing nearly two-thirds of Idaho’s charter schools.

   The essay topic, limited to 600 words or less, was “Why Education Choice is Important to Me and My Family.” There were two divisions, one for students in grades 7-9 and a second for grades 10-12.  The awards will be presented in the student’s respective schools by the Treasurer of the Committee, Holland Johnson of Nampa.

   The winners in the Junior High Division were: first place, $500, Meredith Thompson, 8th grade, Idaho Virtual Academy, Orofino; second place, $300, Mickaila Rigby, 9th grade, Vision Charter School, Middleton; third place, $200, Zachary Adams, 9th grade, Meridian Technical Charter School, Meridian.

   The winners in the Senior High Division were: first place $500, Emily Emerson, 12th grade, Idaho Arts Charter School, Nampa; second place $300, Rachel M. Finley, 12th grade, Victory Charter School, Nampa; third place $200, Kyle Ward 10th grade, Jefferson Charter School, Caldwell.

   These essays will be posted on the Committee’s website,, and will also be made available to members of the Idaho Legislature, State Department of Education, and the Charter School Commission.