Congratulations to the Essay Winners

The winners of the 2017 Loretta M. Sprenkle Memorial Essay Contest, their families and friends were guests of SUN Area Council of Republican Women on May 4, 2017. Winners read their essay, received their cash awards and certificates before enjoying a social time.

Regional students submitted essays on the 2017 topic, “What was the most important event in United States history and why?”

Sr. High winners were Noah Stamm, who wrote about the Importance of the Industrial Revolution and Erin King, whose focus was the American Revolution. Both are home educated students from New Columbia.

Ralph Baker of Riverside, a Jr. High student at St. Joseph’s School, Danville, wrote about The Civil War.

SUN Area Council of Republican Women sponsors the annual essay contest each spring in memory of founding member Loretta Sprenkle who was committed to educating youth on the importance of Americanism. It is open to all students living in Snyder, Union or Northumberland counties.  The essay topic is announced each January.

Loretta M. Sprenkle Essay Contest Winners to Receive Their Prizes

The public is invited to join SUNACRW and our guests as we hear the essay winners read their winning compositions on Thursday, May 4th. To be held at 6:30 pm in the Milton Borough Building, Filbert Street, Milton, the evening will be a celebration of excellence and fellowship.

Sprenkle Essay Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who submitted an essay in this year’s Loretta M. Sprenkle Essay Contest writing on the topic, “What is the most important freedom in the Bill of Rights and why?”  Each year the number of entries grow at both levels increasing the competitiveness of the annual contest.

SUNACRW is pleased to announce this year’s winners.

Jr. High (grades 7-9)

1st Place:  Mikayla Carnathan, 8th grader from Selinsgrove

2nd Place: DaniRae Renno, 7th grader from Mount Carmel

Sr. High (grades 10-12)

1st Place: Noah Stamm, 10th grader from New Columbia

2nd Place:  Brittany Carnathan, 11th grader from Selinsgrove

SUNACRW will host the winners and their families for a public reading of the essays at 6:30 p.m. on May 5, 2016 at the Weber-Rinck Medical Center Community Room, 412 West Market Street, Middleburg.  The public is invited to join us in recognizing excellence in these young people.

Announcing the 3rd Annual Loretta M. Sprenkle Memorial Essay Contest

SUN Area Council of Republican Women announces the Third Annual Loretta M. Sprenkle Memorial Essay Contest open to students in grades 7-12 who are residents of Snyder, Union or Northumberland counties.   The contest is open to students who attend public, private, parochial or home schools.

Loretta Sprenkle was a founding member of SUN Area Council of Republican Women.   She served residents of Snyder County as a county deputy treasurer, Republican committeewoman, and was heavily involved in civic and church activities.  Mrs. Sprenkle passed away suddenly in early 2012 leaving a legacy of love of God, Family and Country.  She was committed to educating youth on the importance of Americanism.

Students will write an essay entitled, “What is the most important freedom in the Bill of Rights and why?”  Essays will be judged in two divisions, grades 7-9 and grades 10-12.  Each division will award a first place prize of $100 and a certificate.  Those who place second will receive $50 and a certificate.  Winners will be given the opportunity to read their essays and receive their awards at a future SUNACRW meeting.

All entries must be postmarked by April 1, 2016 and include an official entry form.  The rules and entry form are available at  If you have questions or comments please email sunacrw@gmail or call 570-568-1217.

2016 Rules and Entry Form


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