Freeman Academy senior wins MCC essay contest


Stefany Cortez tackles immigration policy reform in her grand-prize essay.

by Serim Park for Mennonite Central Committee and available here

Stefany Cortez and Sam Waegli, earn grand prize and honorable mention, respectively, in the 2024 MCC High School essay contest. Photo courtesy of Mikayla J Photography and Sam Waegli

Stefany Cortez, a senior at Freeman Academy in Freeman, South Dakota, won top prize for her essay on immigration in the annual Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. National Peace & Justice Ministries (NPJM) public policy essay contest.

Sam Waegli won honorable mention for his essay on the climate crisis. He attends First Mennonite Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.

As the top essayist from among six finalists from five high schools across the U.S., Cortez will receive $1,000. Waegli will receive $250 for honorable mention. […]

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