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A Rocket Clean Sweep!

It was recently announced that three outstanding R-PHS seniors swept all three places in this year’s Ruth Robinson essay contest!  This is the second time in our school’s history that first, second and third place winners were Rockets!  The last time this happened was the class of 1999.  That year, Lindsey Wells took first place, Kristen Hoeker earned second place and Melissa Young earned third place.

The John W. and Ruth V. Robinson Essay in the Humanities Competition was founded in 1988 through the generosity and thoughtfulness of Dr. Harry W. Robinson in order to honor his parents’ committment to education and scholarship.  Any Muskegon County 11th or 12th grade student may submit an essay that is written for a regular classroom assignment in English, history or government.  According to the contest rules: “The essay must be a critical evaluation of an idea, an author, a book, or a poem or poems; or historical study; or a theoretical examination from a political point of view.”  Arguably, this competition is the most prestigious writing contest in the Western Michigan area, and in the years that RPHS students have submitted work for it, they have fared very well.


Our “Sweeping” Rocket Seniors are:

First Place:  Matt Johnston

Second Place: Jazmin Wright-Zornes

Third Place: Deidra Boertman

All three seniors are excellent students who represent our high school very well.  We are very proud of their accomplishments!  Listed below are their winning essays.  Please take the time to read what they wrote.

Matt Johnston Submission

Jazmin Wright-Zornes Submission

Deidra Boertman Submission