PURCELLVILLE, Va. — Homeschooler Aaron Frish of Winnsboro was recently selected as a finalist in his age category in the 14th annual Essay Contest sponsored by the Home School Legal Defense Association.
Frish, 15, was one of 191 entries in the 11-14 year old age category.
Homeschooled students ages 7-19 submitted essays under 700 words that discussed the topic of gratitude in the form of a letter addressed to someone who has positively impacted their life.
Frish’s letters — “Dear Dad: A Simple Thank You is Not Enough,” and “Dear Grandma & Grandpa! I Can Only Attempt to Describe True Gratefulness” — expressed his appreciation to his family for helping him adjust to radical changes in his life.
Frish is honored as a finalist on the contest’s website, hslda.org/contests, where the winning essays are likewise available for reading. Each participant was allowed two entries and he was honored as a finalist for both essays.
The Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1983 to defend homeschool freedom. Each year HSLDA sponsors four student contests in four different categories: art, poetry, photography and essay writing.
All profits go to support the Special Needs Children’s Fund administered by the Home School Foundation, the charitable arm of HSLDA.