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South Pas Masons Honor Student Writers

The South Pasadena Masons presented awards to student essay winners at the 93rd Annual Public Schools Day.

Members of the Masonic Lodge in South Pasadena recently judged an essay contest for elementary, middle and high school students.

On Saturday, at their annual Public Schools Day, winners from each category received an award. These are the winners:  

South Pasadena High School: Bryan Bednarski, first place, Corinne Marangi, second place, Michelle Matos, third place and Tiffany Diep, honorable mention. 

South Pasadena Middle School: Eileen Cheng, first place, Faye Witherall, second place, Nour Mallat, third place and Joshua Ramos, honorable mention.

Elementary Schools: Madeleine Yoo, first place, Evan Kowal, second place and Max English, third place.

The younger grade elementary school winners in the coloring contest were Brandon Woo, first grade, Kaima Fong, second grade, Julia Rose Shadmon, third grade and a tie for fourth grade: Brandon L. Sabo & Hye Won Rhee. 

Principals from the schools, teachers and Superintendent Joel Shapiro were in attendance.

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Diane Shires April 28, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Really wonderful to see such great support for local students from the Masonic Lodge. Great evening and so proud of our South Pasadena students!
South Pasadena Masonic Lodge May 04, 2013 at 01:56 AM
The comittee members read every essay and each picked their five favorites in each catagory. Then came the difficult part, comparing each members picks and coming up with the top three plus an honorable mention. Over 135 essays were submitted (perhaps because of the hundreds of dollars of prize money) and it gave all of us a renewed respect for teachers who have to do what we did on a regular basis!
Donna Evans (Editor) May 04, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Right?!? When I taught creative writing to a group of 10 kids at an after school and weekend enrichment academy, it would take me hours and hours to go thru their papers, make notes, edit, etc. Teachers have 30 kids in English class. Hats off to them - and to you folks at the Masonic Lodge :-)

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