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25 Winners Selected in WASD Education Foundation Holiday Essay Contest

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December 12, 2019 | Community

2019 HEC Winners

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (DECEMBER 12, 2019) — The Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation recently concluded its annual Holiday Essay Contest, during which students in kindergarten through third grade were asked to answer, in 200 words or less: “What are you most thankful for during the holiday season and why?”

From a pool of 81 entries, the top 25 winners were selected and will receive free ride on the trolley for an exclusive Holiday Tour of Lights on Wednesday, Dec. 18, sponsored by River Valley Transit. They will also receive a special gift, provided by the district’s federal programs department.

This year’s winners are:

  • Ella Brelsford, second grade, Hepburn-Lycoming
  • Lily DeMarino, second grade, Stevens
  • Gabriel Frey, first grade, Cochran
  • Mekhi Gaston, third grade, Stevens
  • Brody Herbst, second grade, Jackson
  • Ava Kirkpatrick, second grade, Cochran
  • Harrison Laurenson, second grade, Hepburn-Lycoming
  • Waylen Moore, third grade, Hepburn-Lycoming
  • Aubrey Mosier, second grade, Hepburn-Lycoming
  • Layla Moyer, kindergarten, Hepburn-Lycoming
  • Lincoln Paulhamus, third grade, Jackson
  • Isabella Reeder, kindergarten, Jackson
  • Isabelle Sharp, third grade, Hepburn-Lycoming
  • Lukas Shuback, third grade, Jackson
  • Chloe Slaughter, kindergarten, Jackson
  • Logan Smith, second grade, Hepburn-Lycoming
  • Hayden Smith, third grade, Jackson
  • Emma Sweeting, kindergarten, Stevens
  • Lily Tupper, first grade, Jackson
  • Jade Welshans, third grade, Jackson
  • Juliahnna Williams, second grade, Cochran,
  • Marlaynna Wilson, first grade, Jackson
  • Autumn Wolfe, first grade, Jackson

In addition to the trolley ride, two top essay winners were selected and received a $25 gift card to the AMC movie theater downtown. These two students are second-graders McKay Campbell and Huntter Wolfe, from Cochran and Jackson Primary schools, respectively.  

Following the trolley ride, this year’s winners also will get to enjoy an exclusive story time session with cookies and hot chocolate, provided and served by students from Williamsport Area High School’s culinary arts program, in the rotunda at the James V. Brown Library.

The Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation is the recognized nonprofit affiliate of the school district. The education foundation facilitates charitable giving and permanent legacies based on individual areas of interest in educational innovation, the arts, athletics and scholarships. For more information on the foundation, visit

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