Past Winners

2016 Essay Contest Winners

On Tuesday, May 24th the Dearborn Library Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships each to the winners of the Foundation’s fourth annual essay writing contest.  Essays were submitted on the subject of “The Book That Most Influenced My Life. Out of 265 entries from Dearborn’s 12th graders three were chosen to receive the awards. The awards were announced at this week’s Dearborn City Council meeting.

Winning essays were submitted by Olivia Bucciarelli, Rachal Chehouri, and Haley Divis. This year’s winners were all seniors at Divine Child High School.

The Foundation wishes to thank the sponsors who made these awards possible: Village Ford, The Marie T. Walsh Foundation, The Pediatric Associates of Dearborn, State Farm Agent Bob Zakar and Century 21.


2015 Essay Contest Winners

The winners of the third annual Essay Writing Contest hosted by the Dearborn Library Foundation were announced Friday night. Contest sponsor donations from Village Ford, The Marie T. Walsh Foundation, State Farm, Bob Zakar Agent, Century 21, Bob Curran Agency, and the Pediatrics Associates of Dearborn, resulted in the authors of the best two essays each receiving $1,000 grants.

You can read Zachary Bustamante’s essay here, and Victoria Alvarez’s essay here.

The awards were part of the ceremony officially opening the Henry Ford Centennial Library’s Teen Zone which has been redesigned and redecorated with a grant from the Foundation. Assisting with the Opening Reception were donations by the Optomists Club, food from Byblos and flower arrangements from Fisher Flowers.


2014 Essay Contest Winners

Winners of the second annual Dearborn Library Foundation essay writing contest have been selected. The contest is hosted by the Foundation and sponsored by Village Ford along with contest partners, State Farm and Century 21. This winter essays were submitted by 77 of the city’s high school seniors on the topic of The Book That Most Influenced My Life.

In a June 4th ceremony at Village Ford $500 checks were awarded to the authors of the two best essays. This year’s winners are:

Ki Lee O’Brien for her essay on The Foot Book. Ki Lee is planning on attending Wayne State University.

Rachel O’Neill for her essay on The Year We Disappeared. Rachel is considering attending Wayne State or Siena Heights University.

In addition the following authors and essays were announced as Honorable Mentions for the contest:

Maria Salem, Earth in the Balance

Shawki Atassi, The Fight Club

Ayla Wing, Bossy Pants

Monica Plawecki, Pride and Prejudice

Adam Rauh, Cosmos

Caryn Murray, The Carbon Diaries

Jack Mazur, Night

Craig Kiefer, Warriors Don’t Cry

Congratulations to the winners and to all students who submitted essays this year.


2013 Essay Contest Winners

The winners of the essay writing contest hosted by the Dearborn Library Foundation have been selected. Essays were submitted by 87 of the city’s high school seniors on one of two topics: The Role of Libraries Today or The Book That Most Influenced My Life. At an awards ceremony held May 24th at Village Ford, a contest sponsor, the two winners were honored and received $500 grants, winning certificates and new library cards.  The two winners selected out of the essays submitted, were:

Brandon Williams from Divine Child for his essay on The Role of Libraries Today. You can read his essay here.  Brandon is planning to attend DePaul University in Chicago.

Marwa Harp, Fordson High for her essay on The Perks of Being a Wallflower. You can read her essay here. Marwa is planning to attend Harvard. In addition the following authors’ and essays were designated as Honorable Mentions for the contest:

Victoria Weaver, The Role of Libraries Today

Claire Olech, Buttermilk Hill

Charien Faraj, Sherlock Holmes

Samantha Myers, The Modern Library: Gym, Temple, and Fortress

Cecilia DeBoever, Charlotte’s Web

Max Sydorchuk, The Role of Libraries Today

Megan O’Sullivan, The Gift

Maryrose DeBerardino, A Leap Of Faith

Congratulations to the winners and to all students who submitted essays.