To the editor,

Friends of Banning Library want to thank all participants of the first 2019 FOBL Essay contest and congratulate Laura Olvera, Claudia Yang, and Giaa Hall for their prize winning essays.

Honorable mentions go to Maximo Aguirre, Enya Alcantar, Cynthia Colin, Jeriko Lagazo, Maximiliano Ortega, Jessica Ramirez, and Brian Suarez for their essay entries.

We had an overwhelming response from Banning High School, New Horizons, and Morongo 9-12 students, receiving 173 spectacular essays.

Students were required to respond to the quote, “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say," by Anais Ninn, 1903-1977, in 500 words or less.

The range and scope of ideas, expressions, and writing skills overwhelmed and humbled the Friends board, who judged the contest.

It was an honor to read such diversity of thought and talents.

Because of the amazing response to FOBL’s first essay contest, FOBL plan to make the essay contest an annual event open to all Banning high school students, grades 9-12.

Linda Page, treasurer, Banning

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