Story by School News Network: This year, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation annual essay challenge invited high school students to submit an essay focused on courage — a quality many say Ford exhibited when he succeeded the disgraced Richard Nixon as president and granted him a pardon. For her first prize-winning essay, worth a $1,000 award, Aneeqa Hasan from Forest Hills Central needed to look no further than her own family from Bangladesh. “I found that courage can be easily identified in those around me, such as my family and friends,” Hasan said. The main focus of her essay was on the language struggle in Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan.
Over 900 essays were submitted in the competition. Suki Rajan, from Forest Hills Eastern High School, was among the finalists, and Tina Nguyen, also from Forest Hills Eastern High School, received an honorable mention award. To read the complete story online with School News Network, click here.