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A Message from the Principal

The Upper Merion Area's local anti- drug and anti- violence coalition, Community Alliance for a Safer Tomorrow, conducted its first scholarship essay contest in conjunction with the District Attorney's Office of Montgomery County from mid- November until the end of December 2009. There were over forty essays submitted between the juniors and seniors seeking help for their college application fees and first semester books. All of the essays were extremely thoughtful, well- crafted, and creative. The essay themes ranged from dramatic consequences of personal family history with drugs and alcohol to creative after- school pass times, like karaoke, as well as personal hobbies. On January 21st, 2010, four winners were announced via the CAST website ( ) and during the afternoon announcements at the Upper Merion Area high school. Chitra Mosarla and Robert Griffith were the winners of the essay contest in the 12th grade and Shawn Miscioscia and Carolyn Ashton were the winners in the 11th grade, each receiving $500 toward supplies needed for college. Congratulations! CAST is grateful for a successful scholarship essay contest and hope to continue offering such an opportunity to Upper Merion Area youth with so much potential to positively affect the world. Upper Merion Area students truly have better things to do than drugs and alcohol!



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