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Claremont students honored for essays on change

Seven local students and 5 student groups were honored on Wednesday as the winners of the city’s 23rd annual Making a Change contest. Through the competition, local elementary, junior high and high school students living or attending Claremont schools are invited to submit an essay on social justice issues.

The contest is designed to increase awareness among Claremont youth of the contributions made by human rights champion Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year’s individual awards went to third grader Rohan Shivaram and fourth grader Miles Patten, both of Chaparral Elementary, fifth grader Citlamina Mejia and sixth grader Abby Boon of Sycamore, Alyson Comia of El Roble Intermediate and Amanda Deal and Samuel Liu of Claremont High School.

The 5 group honors went to Annette Reed’s kindergarten class at Chaparral, Mary Byers’ first grade class at Sumner, Ann O’Connor’s second-third grade class at Sycamore, Anna Bella Cleere, Marcel Demidov, Julian Garcia and Joseph Rogers, students at El Roble, and Sarah Tran and Hyeonji Shim, students at Claremont High School.

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