For the past eight years, Representative Tim Briggs of the 149th Legislative District in Montgomery County has hosted an essay contest for fifth grade students, asking them to write an essay about a law that would improve their communities. This year, for the 8th annual “There Ought to Be a Law” contest, several Waldron Mercy Academy students from both Montgomery County and the city of Philadelphia were recognized as contest finalists and honorable mentions.
As a class project, all fifth grade students at Waldron Mercy drafted essays for the contest and were among over 600 students from schools across Upper Merion, Lower Merion, Bridgeport and West Conshohocken to submit to the contest. The students worked hard to research different issues and write a persuasive essay for an idea that could work as a law in Pennsylvania. They drafted law proposals on everything from gun control to climate change to making vaccines more readily available to those in need. Max Miller, a finalist this year, focused his law on pollution. “I used to live in California and I don’t want the pollution that happened there to happen in other states,” he reported as his inspiration for his essay.
The students from Waldron Mercy Academy who were recognized as Honorable Mention winners are: Gabriel Frishkoff, Gavin Orapallo, Adamo Di Carlo, Spencer Cordes, Mia Birkmire, Emily O’Brien, Matthew Gorman and James Bidwell. As a Finalist, Max Miller and his family were invited to a reception with Representative Briggs, along with the other eleven contest finalists, all of whom demonstrated true commitment to and investment in their communities.
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