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Women's Suffrage Essay Contest Winners On Tuesday's Access Utah

Cache Valley Daily

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Utah Public Radio and the Cache County School District, in partnership with the Cache Celebration of Women's Suffrage 2020, sponsored a writing contest for students in elementary, middle, and high school. 

Charlotte McConkie oversaw the contest for the Cache Celebration group. McConkie said, "One memorable aspect of this contest is that the student essays on women's suffrage came during a time of quarantine and dramatic changes in their school and community experience. These students took the time, without being required, to examine the courageous work of people from the past who were also confronted with negative world circumstances out of their control.”

On Tuesday’s Access Utah we’ll talk with the three contest winners to get their perspectives on the past, present and future. We’ll hear each of the winning essays read by the authors. And we’ll talk with two of the contest judges, Charlotte McConkie and Mary Heers.

The winner for Grades 4-6 is Sadie Gallup, a 5th grader at Canyon Elementary School. Sadie is the daughter of Chari and Jeremy Gallup. Her teacher is Brad Hawkes.

The Middle School winner is Grant Richardson, son of LaNae and Brian Richardson; he attends North Cache Middle School and viewed the video in Ms. Lori Robinson’s history class.


Winning the high school competition is Jenna Campbell, junior at Ridgeline High School. The daughter of Hilary and Adam Campbell, Jenna found the essay competition herself, but AP teachers in English and History, Phil Wade and Julie Major, served as mentors. 


Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.