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Winners Chosen in WNPA’s National Parks Essay Contest

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona | Courtesy of National Park Service

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona | Courtesy of National Park Service

Four Southern Arizona high-school students have won awards in an essay contest co-sponsored by our friends at the Western National Parks Association, a nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. The theme of the contest was “Do National Parks Matter?” The winners are:

  • Grand prize: Maya Wallace, Sabino High School, Tucson
  • Second place: Alex Burnaday, Lourdes Catholic School, Nogales
  • Third place: Elizabeth Carr, Canyon del Oro High School, Tucson
  • Honorable mention: Yana Karapetyan, Sunnyside High School, Tucson

All four honorees’ essays will be published in a WNPA booklet that includes a foreword by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. In addition, the writers will be honored in March at WNPA’s annual reception in Tucson, where O’Connor will be the keynote speaker. For more information, visit www.wnpa.org or call 520-622-6014.

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