Tucson students win $2,500 essay contest with personal tales  
Arizona Daily Star
February 17, 2007


By Neil Critchley
For the Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 02.17.2007
Two Southern Arizona students have been awarded $2,500 each for winning a statewide essay contest.
MyAnh Diep, 18, a senior at Desert View High School, 4101 E. Valencia Road, won the 12th-grade category of the Ira A. Fulton Scholarship Award for her essay "English as a Third Language."
In the piece, she describes how she overcame difficulties when her family moved from Vietnam to the U.S. eight years ago.
Diep said she grew up speaking Cantonese in Hong Kong. She learned Vietnamese when her family moved to Vietnam in 1997, and she learned English when she came to the U.S.
Whitney Larson, 11, a student at Triumphant Learning Center, a charter school in Safford, won the sixth-grade award for her essay "Reaching a Goal."
Larson's essay describes a lesson in perseverance she learned through playing basketball with her sister.
Larson's and Diep's essays were selected from more than 3,000 entered in the Fulton Homes Grand Canyon State Games 12th Annual Essay Contest.
The contest encouraged students to express their ideas on several themes that focused on building character.
● Neil Critchley is a University of Arizona student who's apprenticing at the Star. Contact him at 573-4198 or at starapprentice@azstarnet.com.