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Student Essay Contest

The Virginia School Boards Association held its 2023 personal essay/speaking contest where the winners had an opportunity to present before an audience of more than 300 school board members and administrators at the 2023 VSBA Conference on Education held at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump on July 13, 2023.

This was the third year the Virginia School Boards Association held this contest with hope that this contest will bring out the very best in students’ writing and speaking efforts to allow our attendees to witness examples of the bright, thoughtful, and accomplished students from around the Commonwealth. This year’s topic is The Meaning of Civility.

Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous sponsor, the top finalists each received a $500 scholarship. Submissions were open to all Virginia public high school students (grades 9-12) as a great opportunity to share their unique voices as well as compete for funds to further their education.

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The 2023 VSBA Student Essay Contest Winners are Isabella Meadows and Alice Thompson 

You can view Isabella’s Speech in the below video!

You can view Alice’s Speech in the below video!