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By Karla Pomeroy

Burlington junior wins American Dream Essay Contest


April 26, 2017


Burlington junior Kaeli Hernandez (right) and her grandmother Marge Hernandez hold up the large $5,300 check Kaeli won for winning the American Dream Essay contest at the local and state level. Kaeli said her grandmother Marge has been the "most stable influence" in her life.

CASPER – A junior at Burlington High School shared how her parents are her heroes, taking home the top prize in the American Dream Essay Contest.

Kaeli Hernandez received a total of $5,300 for her essay titled "My Haphazard but Hopeful Heroes and a Courageous Life." Her essay explained that her parent's flaws and mistakes have forced her to live each day with courage, but despite their weaknesses, they are her heroes. It was chosen as the winning entry out of more than 900 essays submitted in the statewide competition.

Madison Tinker from Natrona County High S​chool received $3,300 fo...

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