Amy Sonnenberg, who was the winner of the first annual Neil Propst Northeast Colorado Local History Essay Contest, recently presented Sterling High School with an engraved tile, made in her honor, to go on permanent display.
Sonnenberg was a senior at Sterling this past March when she entered and won the contest with her essay entitled “Blood Red Horizon.” She received a $2,000 scholarship for having the winning entry and was honored, with other finalists, at a special luncheon held this past May. Last year’s contest had 14 entries, all written by students from grades nine through 12 from all over northeastern Colorado. Organizers of the contest are hoping for more entries in 2011. The 2011 entries will be due on March 1st. Each student’s entry must include a sponsor at his or her school. The sponsor can be a teacher or administrator.
Sonnenberg’s sponsor was SHS history teacher Nancy Kugler. In addition to Amy’s college scholarship, Kugler also received a $1,000 scholarship to be used in her classroom. Funds for this program, which is designed to encourage area students to recognize, appreciate and help preserve the history of this area, are made possible through a donation made by Frank and Gloria Walsh which is being managed by the Northeastern Junior College Foundation. The scholarship may be used at the college of the winning student’s choice. Each year a book will be published, which includes all of the essays entered in the contest, and copies will be placed at high schools and public libraries in northeast Colorado.
Sonnenberg is a freshman at Northeastern Junior College. She is active in the college’s honors program . Information about the 2011 contest will be sent to area schools in December. For more information, contact contest chairman Ken Horner, 522-2440.
Pictured here are left to right: Ken Horner, coordinator and chairman of the essay contest program, Amy Sonnenberg, Dianna Chrisman, principal at Sterling High School, and SHS teacher Nancy Kugler. A similar tile will be presented to future contest winners to be placed on display at their high schools. (Courtesy Photo)