Kaahumanu Hou Christian School student Sierra-lyn Rodrigues was the first-place $1,000 winner in the Small Business Hawaii Entrepreneurial Education Foundation Congressional Medal of Honor Hawaii high school essay contest.
The SBH Essay Contest is part of the historic Medal of Honor Convention in Honolulu, held from Oct. 1 to 6. Awards were presented at a public ceremony on Oct. 4 on Oahu.
The theme of the essay was "What Are The Unique Characteristics of a Medal of Honor Recipient?" Winning essays will be published on the SBH Foundation website, the Oahu Veterans Center and HawaiiReporter.com.
There were more than two dozen entries from students statewide. Judges were from the Oahu Veterans Center, in conjunction with the Navy League, Civil Air Patrol Cadets, Winners Camp Academy Hawaii, DAV and Hawaii Youth Challenge.
Mariah DeLong-Wright, also from Kaahumanu Hou Christian School, earned a $100 honorable mention award.