Hudson Middle School student wins national essay contest

(Press release) - Sara Trahan of Hudson Middle School is the middle school winner of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Women's History Month essay contest.

The theme of this year's contest was "Our History Is Our Strength." The nationwide contest was open to students in middle school or high school.

Each of the submitted essays described a contemporary or historical American woman's achievements. The purpose of the contest was to increase the awareness of women's roles and importance in history and to foster recognition and respect for women.

Sara's winning essay was about pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart. Sara wrote, "Amelia said something that made me stop and think: 'Decide ... whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying.' I believe that statement holds true to any goal, and that will stay lodged in my heart forever and will motivate me in anything I set out to achieve."

Sara received her trophy on Wednesday, March 30 during a Women's History Month commemorative program at the CMS Region 6 headquarters in Dallas. She was accompanied by her parents, Dennis and Tamara Trahan; her English/language arts teacher, Maggie Eubank; and her career choices teacher, Cindy Weems.

In presenting the award, David Wright, CMS Acting Deputy Regional Administrator for Region 6, said, "We are especially proud of Sara's accomplishment. Her writing showed great thought and insight into the achievements of a trailblazing American. We hope this award encourages Sara to pursue and achieve the goals she will set for her own life."