Gerald R. Ford Museum
Exhibits, Events, Education Center

303 Pearl Street, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

616-254-0400 (tel)
616-254-0386 (fax)

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Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm (Daily)
(Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving, & Christmas Days)



Gerald R. Ford Library
Research, Events, Small Exhibits

1000 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

734-205-0555 (tel)
734-205-0571 (fax)

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Hours: 8:45am-4:45pm (M-F)
(Closed Federal Holidays)




2009 Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge


An annual essay competition for West Michigan High School students. This year, the theme was "The Meaning of Courage Today".

The 18 finalists were presented awards during a ceremony at the Ford Presidential Museum on Presidents Day, 2009. Marissa Freyling was the keynote speaker.

Winners:


Martha Veldkamp


First Place:
Martha Veldkamp
Calvin Christian High School
12th grade

Uncommon Courage In Coopersville, Michigan


Sarah DenBraber

Second Place: 
Sara DenBraber
Catholic Central High School
9th grade

The Courage of a Lion


Rachel McDaniel

Third Place: 
Rachel McDaniel
Allegan High School
12th grade

Courage Today

Honorable Mention:

Will Barkeley


Will Barkeley, Catholic Central High School, 10th grade


“...
to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds,...”

James Los


James Eugene Los, Holland Christian High School, 12th grade

President Gerald R. Ford

Kelly Witowski



Kelly Witkowski, Kenowa Hills High School, 12th grade

When asked to think of courage...

Andrew ALt

Andrew Alt

Just an Average Joe

Stephanie Banta

Stephanie Banta

Life, Fear, and Courage

Erik Bates

Erik Bates

Courage is Love

Adam Finney
Adam Finney

Courage

Lindsay Gutting
Lindsay Gutting

America the Brave



Courtney Kokx

Courtney Kokx

The Heart of a Soldier


David Ludema

David Ludema

Courage; The Greatest Gift Ever Given

David Moul

David Moul

lifeSTYLING Courage



Lisa Ndawillie

Lisa Ndawillie

The Meaning of Courage



Caroline Poole
Caroline Poole

Courage


Matt Roede
Matthew Roede

What is Courage?


Megan Wilson

Megan Wilson

The Meaning of Courage Today