Our future leaders are talking. The Community Relations Commission thinks we should tune in.

The CRC organized an essay contest for all Goshen students in junior high through high school. Members of the Commission will celebrate and award the participants of this year’s essay contest Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 111 E. Jefferson St. 

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Through their essays, students chose one of the eight CRC principles, reflected on it and discussed how it affects us as individuals and communities.

As a community, we have a stake in challenging our leaders to grow their insight and imagination. For the contestants, the stakes were more concrete— up to $150 in cash! 

A committee of five judges has determined 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each category: Jr. High and Sr. High.

Ed Groff, CRC secretary, and who served as a judge for this contest, spoke of his experience reading the essays from this year’s participants. 

“As a member of the CRC it has been a pleasure to read the inspiring essays that were submitted for this year’s contest,” he said. “Students, drawing from personal experiences, shared their aspirations for a fair and robust Goshen. We hope to see this become an annual event, encouraging our youth to voice their visions for our evolving community.”