Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank honors winning student essayists

From left to right: Charter school teacher Amy Reece, parent Alicia Wolff, essayist, Christiana Wolff, bank executive Richard J. Leonard, essayists Julia Crocker, Audrey McCarron, parent Barbara McCarron, parents John and Jean Crocker, and Edgartown School principal John Stevens. — Photo courtesy of Bank of MV

The Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank Friday honored the winners of a bank-sponsored essay contest in honor of National Teach Children to Save Day on April 24.

The contest was open to students in grades five through seven. “This year’s question was prepared with MCAS in mind and our Vineyard spirit,” Patti Leighton, bank officer said.

Students were asked to answer the following essay question: “Imagine that Massachusetts is considering a law to make sure every citizen has adequate money. Your class has been assigned to write an essay for the state legislature. Your essay will be sent to lawmakers, who will then decide whether to draft the new law and put it to a vote. What would you tell them about how money could be used to make sure every family has basic needs met?”

The winning essayists are: First place, Christiana Wolff, Charter School; second place, Audrey McCarron, Edgartown School; third place, Julia Crocker, Edgartown School; honorable mention, Rebeca Lima, Edgartown School.

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