A student at Marina del Rey Middle School in Del Rey has finished in third place in the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Creative Writing Contest for the City of Los Angeles.

Marina del Rey Middle School eighth-grader Jolie Ruffin-Moore was selected for her essay “Fools Today, Geniuses Tomorrow” in Division I, which includes grades six through eight.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the winners of the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Creative Writing Contest at the Colburn School May 27th.

“Every student should learn about the cultural heritage of the Asian Pacific Islander community in our great city,” Villaraigosa

said. “This contest gave students throughout Los Angeles the

opportunity to explore their history and express through their artwork the diversity that enriches all Angelenos.”

This year’s competition invited students from public, private and charter schools across Los Angeles to submit essays exploring Asian American heritage and the history of the Asian community in Los Angeles. Entries were judged by a panel of community leaders and members of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month steering committee.

The contest winners received Dell laptops and backpacks from the competition sponsor, Time Warner Cable, and Disneyland tickets from Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month’s title sponsor, The

Walt Disney Company.

Students researched and wrote about movements in the Asian and Pacific Islander community, such as the road to public service, the Civil Rights Movement and the Voting Rights Act, and contributions to early American

infrastructure, such as the Transcontinental Railroad.

Schools were also encouraged to use this contest as an opportunity for students to explore

a career in writing.