STPA Students Recognized Through National Essay Contest

STPA Students Recognized Through National Essay Contest
Posted on 05/21/2018
Three STPA Students Recognized Through National Essay ContestThree eighth-graders from South Texas Independent School District’s (STISD) South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) campus in Edinburg were recently selected as winners in the Stossel in the Classroom eighth annual student essay contest.

Marcela Granados of Hidalgo, Kashish Kumar of Edinburg, and Victor Pardo of Mission, all received Honorable Mention recognition and $50 cash prizes for their essays on the subject of price “gouging” during emergencies.

Stossel in the Classroom, a project of the non-profit Center for Independent Thought, provides free curriculum materials and assistance to teachers, featuring video clips from TV journalist John Stossel.

This year, students aged 12 to 18 were asked to write an essay examining price gouging laws and their impact on disaster victims, after viewing John Stossel’s TV segment on the issue.

The aforementioned students all argued against laws that prohibit price “gouging” during an emergency, citing numerous reasons why this practice, otherwise known as “sustainable pricing” does more good than harm.

There were more than 2,200 essays submitted by students across the U.S. and Canada, with 87 essays chosen as prize winners.