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Lansing Charter Academy Student Awarded Full High School Scholarship

Rachel Smith’s essay stands out against 50 other eighth-grade students


LANSING, MICH., Friday, May 17, 2013— Rachel Smith’s essay stood out against all the rest and for that she has won a high school scholarship worth up to $40,000 in the National Heritage Academies CollegeBound Scholarship™ program.

“I was very surprised,” said Smith. “I am so thankful for this scholarship, it is a great feeling to know that my parents and school are so proud of me.”

For its second year, National Heritage Academies (NHA) held an essay contest for all eighth-grade students throughout NHA’s 74 schools in nine states. Each student was required to pick an essay topic and compose a 250-500 word essay. The winner was selected, by a professional selection group, based on their essay submission, academics, and financial need. The winner receives a scholarship to put towards a private high school education, worth up to $10,000 a year for four years.

“Rachel’s scholastic aptitude coupled with her strong character will lead her to college. Her determination always to do her best will ensure her success in college and her future career,” said Marcus Puccioni, Lansing Charter Academy principal. “Rachel Smith is a deserving recipient of NHA’s scholarship.”

Rachel wrote her essay on the “impact new technologies and sciences are having on morality.” Her inspiration for the essay was Albert Einstein.

Smith began her essay by quoting Albert Einstein: “I fear the day when technology will surpass human interaction. The world will only have a generation of idiots.”

In her winning essay, Smith wrote: “Not too long ago, as I entered my local coffee shop, I beheld a sound very disturbing. It was silence. Looking around I noted that each person in the shop was either on his or her MacBook, texting on their iPhone, or reading on a KindleFire. I was not only appalled by the unexpected quietness, but also the lack of socialization.”

At Lansing Charter Academy (LCA), Smith is involved in advanced classes, academic competitions, peer mentors, school orchestra, and she regularly volunteers in the school library. Additionally, she is a founding and active member of the LCA student government. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys playing volleyball, practicing piano, and being involved with her church youth group.

“Rachel exhibits superior integrity and an empathy appreciated by staff and her peers alike. She makes our community a better place,” said Puccioni.

Rachel has chosen to attend Lansing Christian High School for the next four years.

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