Local students win Wendy Haskett essay writing contest

Two local students were recognized last week for their talents in the literary arts. Lauren Grove from Del Mar Heights Elementary School took first place in the Wendy Haskett Memorial Essay Writing Contest, and Tiffany Cuaresma from Santa Fe Christian School was runner-up.

This is the fourth year that third-graders in the area of San Dieguito — which encompasses Encinitas, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Carmel Valley and Olivenhain — have been invited to participate in an essay contest that memorializes journalist and author Wendy Haskett, who succumbed to cancer in 2006.

The criteria for the essay required students to craft a three-page original essay, with an illustration, about aspects of San Dieguito’s history. Students were encouraged to interview descendants of pioneer residents or to conduct research at the museum or library.

Don Terwilliger, a longtime Del Mar resident who was a close friend of Haskett’s, sponsors the contest. “Wendy was a dear friend of mine, a dynamic personality and a wonderful writer of San Dieguito history. This is my way of paying tribute to her,” Terwilliger said.

The San Dieguito Heritage Museum in Encinitas organizes the contest each year as part of its outreach into the student community.

The first-place winner was awarded $100, and the runner-up received $50. Each received a trophy, a copy of Haskett’s book “Backward Glances,” and a ribbon.

Linda McArdle, the essay contest coordinator for the museum, Terwilliger and Tensia Trejo joined Mrs. Faulkner’s third-grade class in a school assembly for Lauren’s award presentation at Del Mar Heights Elementary School on May 19.

Lauren had done research at the Del Mar Library and discovered an oral history of a longtime resident and neighbor.

Tiffany wrote an imaginative account about a family victimized by the dust bowl who left their home for a brighter future in Encinitas. She was presented with her award in Santa Fe Christian’s lower school morning assembly on May 18.

Both essays showed a sophisticated style and lively narrative that caught the attention of the panel of judges. “Both Lauren and Tiffany did an outstanding job of transporting the reader back in time,” McArdle said.

For more information about the San Dieguito Heritage Museum and its
programs, visit www.sdheritage.org or call (760) 632-9711.

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