FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2012) Caroline Hockenbury, a junior at Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, is the winner of the “Promote Your School” essay contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). She earned a $500 college scholarship and the opportunity for her school to be featured in future college planning materials published by KHEAA.

The essay contest topic, “What is the biggest challenge high school students face,” drew more than 200 entries from 67 high schools across the state. Judges said Hockenbury’s “wonderful analogy” of comparing eccentric teenagers to wildflowers grabbed their attention and made her entry stand out.

“The essay shows most kids are scared to show different aspects of themselves,” one judge said. “Everybody wants to be cool.”

Her consistent use of metaphor and alliteration showed an excellent command of English, another judge said.

Hockenbury’s essay excelled in grammar, subject matter and creative imagery and deals with a universal subject everyone deals with at some point, especially true during the high school years.

Julie Clay, graphic designer for KHEAA, awarded Hockenbury with a plaque Oct. 25 at her school, where she has a 4.0 grade point average. Principal Mary Lee McCoy also accepted a plaque honoring Sacred Heart Academy as the Kentucky 2012 Model School for being featured in upcoming marketing materials.

            Hockenbury is the daughter of Dr. Todd and Dawn Hockenbury of Anchorage. She and some of her classmates will participate in a photo shoot at Sacred Heart. The pictures will be used by KHEAA in free college planning guides for high school students, as well as posters, brochures and other publications.

         KHEAA is the state agency that administers grants, Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), work-study and savings programs.    

         To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, visit www.gotocollege.ky.gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602-0798; or call (800) 928-8926, extension 7372.

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