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Teen Essay Contest Winners

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On April 27, 2013, we held our 2013 Essay Contest Awards Luncheon. It was a gathering of truly talented and inspirational young writers and their families. Seventy-four students from 21 area high schools participated in our inaugural contest.

Congratulations to the Finalists and Winners!

Family and Friends Category:

1st Place: Veronika Kruger, Oak Park High School

2nd Place: Mitchell Braun, Newbury Park High School

3rd Place: Ryanne Bamieh, La Reina High School

Personal Category:

1st Place: Sarah Goldberg, Oak Park High School

2nd Place: Amanda Jackson, Buena High School

3rd Place: Priscilla Duran, Camarillo High School

The winners received Apple iPad minis and $500 scholarships. Second place also won iPads, and third place received $250 scholarships. We will feature a different essay finalist each week here on our blog. Please check them out and be inspired.

Thank you to our generous sponsors who made this event possible:


Qdoba Mexican Grill

Rusted Wagon Photography

The Sun Valley Group

Ventura County Star

Abby’s Millstone Baking Company

The Cheesecake Factory

Pacific Beverage Company


Focus on the Future: The incredible stories we received from 74 local teens highlighted the need for support resources for young people affected by cancer. We invite teens affected by cancer to a Pizza Party and Focus Group on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 5pm, to make new friends and help brainstorm ways CSCVVSB can help teens. Click here for details.

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