By Conrad Dudderar
A prodigious Yukon student essay writer is the youngest winner of a recent contest that drew 771 entries from across the United States.
Yukon’s Sarah Stiegelmeyer, a fifth grader at Lakeview Intermediate School, was honored during the May 10th Yukon Public Schools’ Board of Education meeting.
Sarah read aloud her essay, “Diary of a Resilient Girl”, which earned her a first-place award in the fifth/sixth grade category of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum’s 21st Annual Student Essay Contest.
In their essays, students shared how individuals or communities have shown strength and resilience to overcome challenges or tragedies.
Sarah wrote about Anne Frank, a German-Dutch diarist and Holocaust victim during World War II.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial received essays from 44 states. Winning essays came from students in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, Maryland, and Florida.
“Of all of the winners among students in grades 6-12, she was the youngest winner,” Lakeview Principal Scott Hein said.
As winner, Sarah earned a cash prize and was recognized during an April 2nd ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.
SHE’S JUST REMARKABLE
Sarah’s principal commended her for representing Lakeview, the Yukon school district and community.
“It is truly remarkable what Sarah has done this (school) year,” Hein said. “Sarah has entered three essay contests this year and placed first in all of them.”
The Lakeview fifth grader earned a trophy for her age category in the annual Yukon Mayor’s Christmas Essay Contest, reading that essay during the December 2021 Mayor’s Christmas Party.
Sarah also claimed victory in the Oklahoma Writing Project’s Write to Win Contest after entering a short story “Hide and Seek” that she wrote for her class. The story was published in the 2022 Anthology of Winning Writing.
As if that’s not enough, Sarah learned from the experts by attending a writing workshop at Oklahoma City University.