Friends of the Lincoln Collection Essay Collection

HHS Students Earn 1st and 2nd Place in Essay Contest
Posted on 02/08/2018
On Thursday, two sophomore Homestead High School (HHS) students, Jessica Melvin and Bethany Villaruz, were surprised and named first and second place winners of the Second annual Allen County Friends of the Lincoln Collection Essay Contest for High School Students. 

The annual competition encourages high school students from across Allen County to formulate an original response  to an essay prompt. This year's directions asked writers to explain reasons for Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, and examine if the Emancipation Proclamation is a moral, political, or military document.  

Both Spartan girls received David Reynolds' book Lincoln's Selected Writings.  First place winner Villaruz received a cash prize of $1,000 and Melvin received $375 for her second place finish.  A copy of Reynolds' book, along with Harold Holzer's Lincoln and the Power of the Press were also donated to HHS' library. 

To read this year's essay prompt or to learn more about The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection at Allen County Public Library visit

(Pictured above from left to right: Park Ginder, principal, Homestead High School; Jessica Melvin; Bethany Villaruz; Emily Rapoza, Allen County Library; Dr. Phil Downs, superintendent, Southwest Allen County Schools.)