Amelia Lopez, a 5th grader at DeForest Area Middle School, took 3rd place in the 14th Annual Autism Society of Wisconsin Essay Contest, held in March.
Amelia earned third place in Division Two for grades 3-5, and will receive a certificate and a $50 gift card to Amazon. “This was a wonderfully written essay,” said her 5th grade teacher, Sue Winckler.
Amber Gollata, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Autism Society of Wisconsin, congratulated Amelia and commended Winckler for encouraging her to submit an essay. “We were overwhelmed with the number of thoughtful and heartfelt essays that were submitted. Thank you for helping us reach our goal of increasing awareness, acceptance and inclusion in Wisconsin schools,” said Gollata.
According to the Autism Society website, the Annual Autism Essay Contest is a great way to facilitate a meaningful dialogue about how schools, teachers, and students can support those with autism in the classroom. The contest is designed to assist students in gaining a deeper understanding of autism and how their peers with autism experience the world.