LAC students praised for First Amendment essays

April 10, 2019

Middle-schoolers at Ludington Area Catholic School were recognized for their outstanding entries in the annual Fleet Reserve Association’s essay contest.

Marty Posekany, secretary-treasurer of the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Wolverine Branch in Grand Rapids, visited Sharon Spencer’s class on Wednesday to talk to the students about the association and its purpose, and to congratulate students on their understanding of the chosen essay topic of the First Amendment and what it means to them.

Two students — Sophia Grierson and Cian O’Brien — received particularly high honors from the FRA.

Grierson won first place among local eighth-graders. Additionally, she received third place at the regional level, which includes 14 states and 81 entries, according to Posekany.

O’Brien took third place at the local level. Both students received a check from Posekany, and Grierson received a trophy for her local and regional placement.

“What we’re looking for is something personal — what it means to them. When they can really pin that down and tie it to a personal experience,” Posekany said, noting that Grierson and O’Brien both displayed exemplary understanding of the concept, and related it to their personal experience effectively.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Ludington Daily News print or e-Edition.