Wednesday, July 21, 2021

2 OJR Seniors Tie for Shandy Hill Essay Contest Win

Two Owen J. Roberts High School seniors from the Class of 2021 have tied in the annual Shandy Hill Essay Contest sponsored by the Greater Pottstown Foundation.

Matthew Saylor
Sarah Kopec
This year's winners are Sarah Kopec, daughter of Michael and Pamala Kopec of Spring City, and Matthew Saylor, son of Paul and Kathleen Saylor Chester Springs.

Each year the Greater Pottstown Foundation sponsors the Shandy Hill Essay Contest for senior students from The Hill School, Owen J. Roberts, Pottsgrove and Pottstown High Schools. The essay contest and award honor Shandy Hill, the Foundation’s founder, and the original editor of the Pottstown Mercury from 1931 until he retired in 1967. 

Hill was an ardent believer in supporting education opportunities for students within the Pottstown Community. The Greater Pottstown Foundation strives to continue that worthy objective through various education related grants and student scholarship awards.

Each year senior students from the four area schools, compete in the writing of an original essay which is to focus on some aspect of life in the Greater Pottstown Area. The Foundation seeks the writer’s original and personal interpretation of how any aspect of life is affected by living in this area as opposed to somewhere else. In any year that a winning essay is chosen, the writer is granted a $30,000 college scholarship to be used over four years. This year the Foundation received a total of 21 essays from the four schools.

The scoring formula that the Foundation Board uses resulted in two students both earning the highest score this year. Therefore, two winners have been selected for the 2021 Shandy Hill Essay Contest. 

In the 24 years that the Essay Scholarship Contest has been active, that has only happened in one other year -- back in 2004 when winning essays were chosen from students of both Pottstown High School and Saint Pius X High School.

This year a four-year $30,000 scholarship will be awarded to both Kopec and Saylor. 

Because there are two winners, we at The Digital Notebook have decided to divide our posts on this subject into two subsequent individual posts, each with information about the winners.

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