ESSAY
CONTEST
WINNERS



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The Pioneer Essay Contest has been held annually since 1958 and is open to anyone writing on subjects of Santa Clara County history.

Some of the best essays are published in the Pioneer Papers and all winning essays are maintained on file in the California Room of the Martin Luther King/San Jose State Library in San Jose.

June 9, 2012 -- Three Winners and Three Honorable Mentions

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June 11, 2011 -- Three Winners and Three Honorable Mentions

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June 12, 2010 -- Three Winners and Three Honorable Mentions

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June 13, 2009 -- John Figueira Jr. talked about his Essay

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June 04, 2005 -- Presentation of the 2008 Pioneer Essay Contest first prize winner Elizabeth Barratt

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June 04, 2005 -- Presentation of the 2005 Pioneer Essay Contest first prize winner Kathryn Collins Philp

(Left to Right) Pat Loomis, Committee Chair and first prize winner Kathryn Collins Philp.

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Quarterly Luncheon
June 04, 2005

The summer luncheon is reserved for our Pioneer Essay Contest winners. This always proves
to be a popular luncheon with the members, this year being no different. The selection
committee was honored with a fascinating selection of essays again this year.
So amazing that there are three Honorable Mentions this year!

 

THE PRIZE WINNING ESSAYS

FIRST PRIZE

 

SECOND PRIZE

 

THIRD PRIZE

Kathryn Collins Philp
 

Elizabeth Barratt
 

Mary Miller Chiao

The President, Politics
and the Police

READ THIS ESSAY [ click here ]
 

The Pioneer
James Ingham Family
 

Sarah Brown
         


HONORABLE MENTION

Gloria Jabaut
 

Nan G. Hunter
 

Roy Mize

The San Jose Hi-Spot
 

An Immigrant's Contribution
 

Aviation Pioneering
in the Santa Clara Valley

 


(Below) Third Prize winner Mary Miller Chiao is presented her award by Jerry Rosenthal, President.

 

(Below) Honorable Mention winners presented their awards by Jerry Rosenthal, President.
(Left to Right)
Roy Mize, Nan G. Hunter and Gloria Jabaut

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(Left)
Helen McCarthy is honored or all he years of work and
dedication to the Pioneer's Essay Contest.

(Above) Second Prize winner Elizabeth Barratt is presented
her award by Jerry Rosenthal, President.
(Below)
Elizabeth Barratt shares the beautiful
shawl that inspired her essay.


 

Links of Interest:


2005 Winning Essay [ click here ]
Essay Contest Rules [ click here ]
California Room SJC Library Essay Contest Entrants [click here ]



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