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Posted January 15, 2013

Two John Adams Students Honored in National Essay Contest

Mid-schoolers earned prizes for entries based on “Chasing Mavericks.”

Two John Adams Middle School students earned national honors for their entries in an essay contest centered on the film “Chasing Mavericks.” 

Dax Gonzales and Zuyl Ibanez, both seventh-graders, were the only winners from New Mexico. Gonzales, one of three semifinalist winners at the middle school level, won a round-trip airline ticket. Ibanez received a $25 gift certificate. 

The contest, sponsored by BlueNose Edutainment, was based on “Chasing Mavericks,” a film starring Gerard Butler that was released last fall. The film is based on the true story of surfer Jay Moriarty, who chased his dreams of surfing the largest waves and becoming a firefighter and emergency medical technician. 

Contest participants wrote 300-word essays about chasing their dreams, or starting over after a “wipeout” set them back. They had three choices for an essay topic:  what they consider their ultimate achievement, how they learned from a setback or to discuss the influence of an inspirational person in their lives.

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