CSHS students take 1st and 2nd in Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest

CAVE CREEK – Cactus Shadows High School is pleased to announce that freshmen Sophia Barnedo took first place and Tilda Hanlon-McGregor took second place in the 2019 Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest, which had over 100 submissions.

The Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) sponsors this contest that is named for Polly Rosenbaum, a former House Representative in the Arizona State Legislature and teacher who passed away in 2003 at the age of 104.  This contest is a long-standing tradition honoring Mrs. Rosenbaum, who believed Arizona’s young people are the state’s greatest resource, according to AEF’s website.  

The writing prompt this year was, “If you could create a new political party, what would it be called and what would it stand for?” which students from across the state wrote about in their contest submissions.

Tracy Clay is Sophia’s teacher, and Ms. Christine Marsh is Tilda’s teacher at Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek. 

“Sophia was so excited to win a second time!  I love that the contest allows the students to show off their creativity while still thinking critically about an issue,” Ms. Clay said.  “It provides a place for them to voice their hope for the future.”

Sophia won this contest last year as an eighth grader attending Sonoran Trails Middle School.  Her teacher was Shelley Kniffen and her original poem was entitled “Respect,” which took first place in 2018.

“Cave Creek Unified School District’s (CCUSD) talented student writers continue to excel and share their thoughts and opinions with us.  We are so thrilled for their accomplishment and are extremely proud of them,” CCUSD’s Superintendent Dr. Burdick said.

First, second and third place winners in each category were recognized at an event in their honor at the Arizona State Capitol’s Historic Supreme Court on Statehood Day on February 14, 2019 with State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman in attendance.

You can read the award-winning writing pieces online at: http://azedfoundation.org/programs/polly-rosenbaum-writing-contest/ .

Cactus Shadows High School is an A+ School of Excellence and a World Class High School for the 21st Century.  For more information, contact Mr. Jim Swetter, Interim Principal, at jswetter@ccusd93.org or visit ccusd93.org.