West Orange Junior Wins Second Place in National Writing Contest

Mahishan Gnanaseharan, third from left, with Council President Sue McCartney and his parents at the August 12 Township Council meeting. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ -  West Orange resident Mahishan Gnanaseharan has been awarded Second Place in the United States Capitol Historical Society's National Contest. The junior, a student at St. Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, was selected from a large field of applicants submitting essays on the topic of "Making Democracy Work."

Said Society President Ron Sarasin, "These essays reflected a deep understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our representative form of government.Congratulations not only to the prize winners but to all of the students who participated in the contest.” First place winners in the Junior and Senior divisions received $1,000 cash prizes and a trip with their parents or guardians to Washington, D.C. to receive their awards. Second place winners receive a cash prize of $500 each and the third place winners each receive a cash prize of $250.

Mahishan was recognized for his extraordinary success at the August 12 Township Council meeting, where he read an excerpt of his prize-winning essay.

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