Millard Sponsoring Teen Essay Contest for Local School Districts
HARRISBURG – State Rep. David Millard (R-Columbia), in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), is sponsoring an essay contest for students between ages 12 and 16 in local school districts. Participants are to write a 600-word essay responding to the prompt: ‘What was your most enjoyable outdoor experience?’

“Over the last year we have seen the importance of outdoor recreation in a way we never have before. With businesses and indoor recreation being severely limited, Pennsylvanians looked to the outdoors,” said Millard. “I hope this contest inspires these students to reflect on some of those experiences and take full advantage of the countless opportunities and natural wonders our beautiful Commonwealth has to offer.”

Schools that have been invited to participate include: 

   • Central Columbia School District. 
   • Bloomsburg School District. 
   • Benton School District.
   • Berwick School District.
   • Millville School District.
   • Southern Columbia School District.
   • Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School.
   • SusQ-Cyber Charter School.
   • Greenwood Friends School.
   • Columbia County Christian School.
   • Saint Columba School.

Essays must be submitted by June 1 and can be delivered to Millard’s Bloomsburg district office in Market Street Plaza at 1000 Market St., Suite 39, in Bloomsburg. If submitted by mail, submissions must be postmarked prior to June 1.

Each school will select a winner, who will receive a copy of “Penn’s Woods Passages” by author and artist Bob Sopchick. Sopchick’s book includes 65 chapters of hunting stories from many regions of Penn’s Woods, nature essays and works of fiction. From that pool of winners, a grand prize winner and first place winner will be selected to receive a limited-edition print inscribed by Sopchick as well as a free year’s subscription to Pennsylvania Game News. All participants will receive a legislative certificate of participation and a commemorative patch from PGC.

Sopchick grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, developing a love for the outdoors at an early age. After attending the York Academy of Art, he went on to create works of art and literature that would be used by PGC for decades in Pennsylvania Game News magazine. Sopchick was diagnosed with ALS in 2019 but has continued to dedicate himself to his passions.

“After reading about Bob in Pennsylvania Game News, I was moved by his dedication and continued drive in the face of his condition,” Millard continued. “He serves as an inspiration to our young students to find their passion and live their lives to the fullest.”

Several winning essays will be published in the outdoors column written by Tom Austin at Press Enterprise.

Representative David Millard
109th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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