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Prestigious Essay Contest Has Strong Ties to R-PHS

John W. and Ruth V. Robinson Essay in the Humanities

Each year the Hackley Public Library sponsors the John W. and Ruth V. Robinson Essay in the Humanities scholarship competition. The Robinson Award is the premiere writing award for high school students in Wes Michigan.

The Robinson Essay competition is open to all high school juniors and seniors living in Muskegon County in the fields of English, history and government. Teachers submit their students’ best classroom work for this prestigious award.

The Robinson Essay in the Humanities Award was established in 1988 by Dr. Harry W. Robinson in honor of his parents, John and Ruth Robinson . Harry Robinson received a doctorate from Harvard University and their daughter, Maxine, received a masters degree from Michigan State University. Life-long residents of Muskegon, the Robinsons were devoted to family, home and the community, and were firmly committed to the importance of education. Assisting students in their post secondary careers was of great importance to them. Funds for the Robinson Essay in the Humanities award are managed by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

The name of the 1st place winner of the Robinson Essay award is inscribed on a plaque that hangs in the Hackley Public Library. The winners are awarded $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.

The deadline for essay submission (by your English teacher), is March 4th.  Rocket students, make sure to inform your English teacher of your interest in competing.  Keep the R-P streak alive!

In 2015 the judges for the Robinson Awards were Jean Pataky, Robert Heaton (R-PHS), and James Hopper. All three are retired high school and college level teachers of English and writing.

The list below shows the past winners over a 5-year period.

2015
1st Jenna Johns Reeths Puffer HS
2nd Conner Miller Whitehall HS
3rd Abigail Bryson Mona Shores HS
2014
1st Danielle Schugars Reeths Puffer HS
2nd Janelle Uganski Whitehall HS
3rd Kayleigh Fongers Mona Shores HS
2013
1st Alyssa Jenkins Reeths Puffer HS
2nd Serena Gale-Butto Mona Shores HS
3rd Joshua Recknagel Mona Shores HS
2012
1st Amber Young Mona Shores HS
2nd Brigid Kiley Mona Shores HS
3rd Elizabeth (Ellie) Demarse Reeths Puffer HS
2011
1st Eric Hester Reeths-Puffer HS
2nd Tim Woodcock
Mona Shores HS
3rd Rachel Copley
Whitehall HS