What does it take to become a success in life? High school juniors were asked to consider that question for a recent essay contest sponsored by Monogram Foods as part of their IMPACT 10 Giving Campaign.
More than 170 high school juniors submitted 500-word essays about Memphian Penny Hardaway. Students were asked to describe how Hardaway's character, commitment, and perseverance helped him become a successful professional basketball player and Memphian working to make his hometown a better place.
The winners received a $1,000 scholarship to an accredited college, community college or trade school.
The winning essays were written by:
Giana Darville • Shelby County home schooler
Gabrielle Grace • Horn Lake High School
Victoria Hefner • Brighton High School
Shawon Jones • Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering
Momina Meer • Marion High School
Shelby Mitchell • Horn Lake High School
Quiesha Paige • Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School
Garrett Reeves • Lewisburg High School
Kathryn Roe • Brighton High School
DeWayne Tunstall • Carver High School
The scholarship winners will also join Penny Hardaway and 90 other students whose contest essays were judged among the top 100 at a University of Memphis basketball game. The essays were judged by a committee of eight Monogram employees.