Heritage 9th-grader wins MacDonald essay contest

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Wednesday presented Heritage Junior High School 9th-grade student Ai Thi Ho with a tribute in recognition of her winning the senator’s 2019 student essay contest.

“My goal with this competition was to inspire students to think about how to improve our state, challenge their writing skills and promote the talents of students in Macomb County,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “It was a tough decision, but Ai Thi Ho’s essay stood out the most both in terms of writing quality and for her outstanding use of information on the effects of smoking on children to make her argument.”

For the contest, middle and high school students in the 10th Senate District were asked to write an essay about what law in Michigan they thought should be changed or should be added.

Ai Thi Ho’s essay argued that it should be illegal to smoke in a vehicle with a minor.

“We have some tremendous students in Macomb County, and I want to thank everyone who wrote and submitted an essay for this year’s competition,” MacDonald said.

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