Four Los Alamos High School seniors have been awarded $2,500 scholarships by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries, scholarship chairman Maire O’Neill has announced.
The award recipients are Ethan Clements, Justin Dunn, Emma Lathrop and Emily Pittman. A fifth senior, Tessa Snyder, was selected to receive the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.
The students each submitted a personal narrative of about 500 words, on a book which was required for school and which has not been translated into a visual medium. They were asked to tell their readers in what ways the book added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life.
Volunteer readers for the Friends were Patty Kokesh, Ruth Cox, Candee Haskins and Art Brown. The readers independently read 20 essays and the five top-scoring writers were awarded the scholarships.
The Friends raise money for the annual scholarship through their all-volunteer bookstore at Mesa Public Library and by public donations.