Margaret Thompson Essay Contest Enjoys Another Successful Year

By May 18, 2019Blog

The Museum teams with the City of Los Altos Historical Commission annually to offer the Margaret Thompson Essay Contest—open to students in grades 3-6 in the Los Altos School District. May 2009, marked the 25th anniversary of this event, and Margaret Thompson wanted to do something special to celebrate the milestone. She suggested a 25th Anniversary trophy to be engraved and awarded to the school with the most winning essays. The winning school receives the trophy at the Museum’s Ice Cream Social in May, and may proudly showcase at their school for a year.

The theme for this year’s contest was “Inspired by Juana!” tying it to the popular Museum exhibit. The Education Committee members judged the contest—all 156 essays—and selected 1st through 3rd place winners/grade. The winning essays are preserved in the Museum archives.

2019 Margaret Thompson Essay Contest Winners

3rd grade

1st place: Kira Tierling, Gardiner Bullis School

2nd place: Rachel Kim, Covington

3rd place: Zachary Po, Covington

4th Grade

1st place: Audrey Wang, Covington

2nd place: Madeleine Park, Montclaire

2nd place: Claire Hanson, Loyola

3rd place: Giancarlo Mendoza, Santa Rita

5th Grade

1st place: Bryanna Dong, Covington

2nd place: Nora Saraci-Alonso, Covington

3rd place: Elaine Choi, Covington

6th grade

1st place: Shelby Stevens, Springer

2nd place: Michael Shtrom, Pinewood

3rd place: Caroline Koltek, Pinewood

3rd place: Abigail Kamenetsky, Pinewood

Award Recipients

Contributed by Anne Roberts, Education Committee Chair