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The Northern Mines Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Real Women Creative Writing Competition honored four high school seniors at its16th annual celebration dinner on March 26 at the Grass Valley Elks Hall.

This essay competition is held annually in celebration of National Women’s History Month and is co-sponsored by the Grass Valley Lady Elks and The Union newspaper, along with support from several other local businesses and individuals.

The competition was open to senior students from Western Nevada County public high schools. They were challenged to write about a living, local woman they admire.



These high school seniors and their subjects are invited to attend this event where they will read their essays, some for the first time to the woman it is written about.

This year’s winners are:




• First Place: Cristiano Montalbano who wrote about Sandra Rockman, a playwright and director.

• Second Place: Donna Nelson who wrote about Cathy Anderson-Meyers, an events director.

• Third Place tie: Emily J. Switzer who wrote about Daisy Switzer, PhD, a forensic psychologist.

• Third Place tie: Chelsea Nielsen who wrote about Alexys Nielsen, a graduate engineer.

This year three Honorable Mentions were honored. They are: Kelsey M. Stauffer who wrote about Jamie Anderson, a manager at Carl’s Jr.; Karly Wagner who wrote about Debbie Wagner, RN, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital; and Jonathan A. Hyland who wrote about Barbara Nix, business owner and volunteer.

– The Union staff


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