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COOL RESIDENT Danay Nipar, a junior at Golden Sierra High School, is the winner of the Fred Winn Democratic Party Essay Contest. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

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What: Eighth annual Fred Winn Democratic Party Essay Contest luncheon

Who: United Democrats in Placerville, the Sierra Foothill Democrats in El Dorado Hills and the Central Committee of the Democratic Party

Where: El Dorado County Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville

When: Saturday, April 20 at noon

Cost: $17 per person

Information: Call Mel Chapman at 530-621-0409 or e-mail chapmanfrancais@yahoo.com

Contestants in the Fred Winn Democratic Party Essay Contest will be recognized at a luncheon on Saturday, April 20.

The luncheon, featuring guest speaker Lisa Pruitt from the University of California, Davis School of Law, will be at the El Dorado County Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville. The program starts at noon.

The question posed to entrants in the contest was: “What is the greatest challenge faced by your generation? Explain your choice. How will you personally address this change?”

Danay Nipar, a junior from Golden Sierra High School, submitted the winning essay titled “Draining the World Dry.”

Nipar, who plans to major in ecology and evolutionary sciences in college, entered the contest through her English teacher Elizabeth Ketelle.

“I took it upon myself to try to do as well as I could,” Nipar said.

Annie Van Den Broeke, a senior at El Dorado High School, earned a second place finish with her essay, “Technological Balance.”

In third place was Andy London, a junior at Golden Sierra with the topic, “The Greatest Challenge of All.”

Nipar was awarded a $1,000 scholarship, Van Den Broeke earned a $500 scholarship and London won a $250 scholarship.

The money for the scholarships comes from the United Democrats in Placerville, the Sierra Foothill Democrats in El Dorado Hills and the Central Committee of the Democratic Party.

Pruitt, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of California, Davis School of Law, will be the featured speaker at the luncheon.

Pruitt is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of London She joined the UC Davis law faculty in 1999. She worked abroad for almost a decade in settings ranging from international organizations to private practice. Her special interests include law and rural livelihoods and feminist jurisprudence. She assisted in the investigation of crimes committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

The professor said she was impressed by all the essays, “in both content and form,” Pruitt said.

Mel Chapman, coordinator for the luncheon, noted all essays from the students were excellent.

Nipar plans to use her winnings to attend college, hopefully the University of California, Santa Cruz.

At Golden Sierra Nipar has helped reinstate the Environmental Club, which was successful in placing a bluebird trail on campus. She’s part of the Divide Action Club, which raises awareness about alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues affecting El Dorado County high school students.

Off campus, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, and loves to read.

To attend the luncheon and to meet the essayists and hear Pruitt contact Chapman at 530-621-0409 or e-mail chapmanfrancais@yahoo.com. Cost is $17 per person.

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