2017-06-15 / Health & Wellness

Student essayists tackle topic of cancer

Winners receive cash prizes

ALL-AROUND WINNER—Lacey White-Stahura shares her cancer survival story at the Cancer Support Community’s fifth annual “Dear Cancer, It’s Me” high school essay contest. Lacey was the first-place winner of the Personal Essay category. One of her quotes, “Instead of saying ‘Why me’ . . . I said ‘try me,” was well-received by the audience at an awards ceremony May 21 in T.O. JESSE WATROUS/Acorn Newspapers ALL-AROUND WINNER—Lacey White-Stahura shares her cancer survival story at the Cancer Support Community’s fifth annual “Dear Cancer, It’s Me” high school essay contest. Lacey was the first-place winner of the Personal Essay category. One of her quotes, “Instead of saying ‘Why me’ . . . I said ‘try me,” was well-received by the audience at an awards ceremony May 21 in T.O. JESSE WATROUS/Acorn Newspapers Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara celebrated the participants in its fifth annual high school essay contest, “Dear Cancer, It’s Me,” last month at its office in Thousand Oaks.

The keynote speaker was Dan Stepenosky, superintendent of Las Virgenes Unified School District.

For the contest, 40 students from area high schools submitted written essays of their own cancer experience or that of a loved one or friend.

First-place winners in each contest category received $1,500.

Second-place winners were presented with $1,000.

Third-place winners received $500.

The Friends and Family category winners:

First place: Jessica Naranjo, Hueneme High School

Second place: Veronica Gonzalez, Sylmar Charter High School

Third place: Talia Johnson, Newbury Park High School

Personal category winners:

First place: Lacey White- Stahura, Agoura High School

Second place: Natalie LeRaybaud, Moorpark High School

Third place: Madison Long, Westlake High School

Honorable Mentions: Victoria Roseman of Agoura High School and Tian Ye of Westlake High School

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