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St. Petersburg High student wins essay contest

Jan. 12, 2021

Han Nguyen, a St. Petersburg High School student, won first place in the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida’s 2020 high school essay contest. With the first-place finish, Han will receive a certificate, $2,000, and the opportunity to spend the day shadowing a federal judge. Han’s teacher, Karyn Tash, will also receive a classroom grant of $500.

Angelique Tsounis from Largo High School finished with an honorable mention and will receive $50. 

It was also announced during the awards ceremony that St. Petersburg High School had the third highest number of submissions for the contest. As a result of that participation, St. Petersburg High School will receive an additional grant of $100.

The U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida’s 2020 high school essay contest was open to students currently in grades 9-12 in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties. The focus of this year’s contest was the 19th amendment as we celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of its ratification. 

In their essays, students were expected to identify methods proponents of the 19th amendment used to influence and change opinions about voting rights for women as well as evaluate at least one example of a particularly effective method proponents used to influence and change opinions about voting rights for women.

Han Nguyen

Han Nguyen

Angelique Tsounis

Angelique Tsounis