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Fox Chapel Area's Annika Urban places among top in Ben Franklin scholar awards

Tawnya Panizzi
| Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, 3:33 p.m.

Fox Chapel Area High School junior Annika Urban won third place in the 11th annual Benjamin Franklin Scholar Awards. Annika's essay, “The Hidden Dangers of Persistence,” earned her $2,000 and recognition at the Pennsylvania Society annual meeting on June 1 in Erie.

The writing competition is open to all state public school juniors.

Students must submit an original essay discussing the modern-day relevance of a selected quote by Franklin. This year's quote was “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

Essays are reviewed by judges named by the Pennsylvania Association of School Counselors, the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society, the aim of the contest is to reward excellence and promote understanding.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or @tawnyatrib.

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