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Let’s Celebrate!

Today is the 32nd Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day! All around the country, people from all walks of life are taking time to celebrate the accomplishments of women and girls in sport. With the Winter Olympics and Paralympics on the horizon, the whole world is yet again on the verge of seeing what women can do.

We have come a long way from the Girls Division of the Public School Athletic League where folk dancing was the preferred sport for young ladies of the day. Thanks to our pioneering women, Title IX, and women continuing to blaze new trails, we have shifted from “is there a sport for me” to “what sport do I want”. Despite this success, there is still a long way to go. All of us need to continue to band together to create safe sport spaces where both the physical and mental well-being of our athletes is at the forefront.

Here at St. John Fisher College, we are in our 9th year of our essay contest. Each year we are amazed at how the young women in our region use their voices to speak about the power of sport. Below is the list of winners and honorable mentions in each of the grade categories for this year. Please visit the Past Essay Contest Winners page to read the winning essays.

Thanks to all our entrants for submitting and look for next year’s essay ideas to be released in November 2018!

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Winner – Daisy Jones, 2nd Grade, Brooks Hill Elementary
Honorable Mention – Taylor Thomas, 2nd Grade, Allendale Columbia
Honorable Mention – Izzy Pulire, 2nd Grade, Allendale Columbia

3rd – 5th Grade
Winner – Victoria LaRocca, 5th Grade, Holy Cross
Honorable Mention – Emily Miller, 3rd Grade, St. Mary’s School
Honorable Mention – Sophia Sherron, 5th grade, St. Pius X School

6th – 8th Grade
Winner – Ruby Heagney, 8th Grade, Canadaigua Middle School
Honorable Mention – Ani Sherman, 6th Grade, Martha Brown Middle School

9th – 12th Grade
Winner – Lily Rose Conlan, 10th Grade, Our Lady of Mercy
Honorable Mention – Fidele Nibizi, 11th Grade, Early College International High School
Honorable Mention – Rory Herrema, 10th Grade, Our Lady of Mercy

Special Recognition

4th Grade class at World of Inquiry School #58: Ms. Jessica Flanders, teacher
This collection of essays embodied the inclusive nature of sport and support sportsmanship ideals that should be a goal for all sport participation.

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