Homestead student wins $1,000 in essay contest

By Begone Cazalis….

Homestead High School student William Todd receives his prize for winning the “Why My City Is Special” Essay Contest from Homestead City Attorney Richard Jay Weiss.

Homestead Senior High School student William Dodd was awarded a $1,000 cash prize for his ability to best express what makes Homestead special. The presentation took place at the June 22 Homestead City Council meeting.

The essay contest to celebrate the City of Homestead was organized and sponsored by the city’s law firm of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske PL in celebration of the firm’s 20th anniversary. The contest, which was open to all Homestead high school seniors, took place between Apr. 4 and May 2, and accepted 500-word essays on “Why My City Is Special.”

City Attorney Richard Jay Weiss presented the $1,000 check to Dodd after he read his winning essay at the council meeting.

“We received many entries from Homestead students and it was difficult for me and Councilman Elvis Maldonado to judge which one was the winner,” Weiss said. “But we both agreed in the end that William’s essay captured what makes Homestead special the best.”

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