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WHS Graduate Jillian Richardson Wins Freedom Essay Contest


June 14, 2018


Class of 2018 Wakulla High School graduate Jillian Richardson recently earned a $2,500 scholarship for her winning essay on “The Bill of Rights: What It Means to Me to be an American”.


This is the 18th year that the law firm of Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster and Gwartney, P.A. has sponsored the essay contest, which is based on a topic relating to reflecting on what it means to be an American.


Managing partner Dean LeBoeuf awarded Richardson, stating, “There were so many great essays this year that the top four were all within one point of each other.”


The law firm opens this essay contest to all juniors and seniors in Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, and Jefferson counties each year.


Essays are judged by local attorneys and judges who donate their time to this program.


Dean Leboeuf read this quote from Richardson’s essay: “It’s easy to take freedoms for granted when I’ve known nothing else, but it is important to reflect on the wisdom of our Founding Fathers to truly appreciate what it means to be an American.”  She went on to base her ideas on the First Amendment.


Says Superintendent Bobby Pearce, “Jillian has accrued many awards this year because of her academic, career/technical, musical, leadership, and volunteer accomplishments.  She truly took advantage of the many opportunities that WHS has to offer, and put the work in to succeed.”


She is the daughter of Dan Richardson and Nancy Floyd Richardson.