WILDWOOD – The Cape May County Emerald Society recently recognized high school seniors who did research on Irish Americans and their effect on the public safety sector.
Annually, the organization hears the essays written by students on that topic.
The planners had been told by some local high schools it would be beneficial to send applications in the beginning of the school year rather than the new calendar year to get a better response than previous years. That was done with positive results.
This year 18 entries were submitted, more than any other year.
After receiving applications and essays, the committee took copies of each essay, blacked out all names, addresses and anything that might reveal the student. Then they numbered each essay, scan the essay and emailed it to the judge.
Patricia Hall, of the Cape May County Herald, judged all 18 essays.
The scholarship program is available to all Cape May County high school seniors as well as any child or grandchild of a Cape May County Emerald Society member.
Scholarships were awarded to:
First place, $1,500, Sean Krumpe
Second place, $1,000, Shannon Boyle
Third place, $500, MariKate Bryan
Once the society receives the transcript from the winners’ first semester of college, a check will be written directly to the student and mailed to them.
All three winners are Emerald Society members’ grandchildren.
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