Tucson Fourth Grader Wins Essay Contest Inspired by Jackie Robinson

Tucson Fourth Grader Wins Essay Contest Inspired by Jackie Robinson

A Tucson elementary schooler is celebrating her recent national accomplishment.

Anna Howe is a fourth grader at Tucson Hebrew Academy, and she was announced as the co-grand prize winner of a national competition presented by Major League Baseball and Scholastic.

The 2017 Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life essay contest asked students in fourth through ninth grades to apply the values that MLB Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson exuded every day to their real lives and challenges they have faced.

Two winners were selected, and one was Anna, who wrote about her experience with esophagitis, a potentially life-threatening chronic disease.

Tens of thousands of applicants applied, and only ten were chosen, making this a huge accomplishment for Anna. In her essay, she compares her struggles with bullying and a serious health issue with the hardships Robinson endured throughout his life.

The essay contest is part of the Breaking Barriers educational program designed to promote students to use Robinson’s values and morals as a guide to their lives and contributions to the world.

For more information on the program and to read her award-winning essay, please visit the official website.

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