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Is affirmative action relevant today?

That question was recently before high school students in Greenwich schools who chose to enter the fourth annual “Defining Diversity Writing Contest.” This contest is co-sponsored by the Town of Greenwich Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, Greenwich Time and the Narea Family.

The question is timely and relevant in light of  Fisher v. University of Texas, the affirmative action case now before the United States Supreme Court that challenges affirmative action in higher education.

The Court heard arguments last October. A decision is expected in late June.

Students entering the writing contest were to keep Fisher v. University of Texas in mind as they considered the relevance of affirmative action in today’s world, and in their lives.

The six finalists in this fourth annual “Defining Diversity Writing Contest”  have now been selected. The finalists are:

1st place, Jonna Mosoff, Greenwich High School, Grade 11
2nd place, Nicholas Abbott, Greenwich High School, Grade 11
3rd place, Shelby Holland, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Grade 11

And Honorable Mention Finalists:

Natalie Lee, Greenwich Academy, Grade 10
Elizabeth Trotta, Greenwich High School, Grade 11
Lesley Nolan, Greenwich High School, Grade 11

The Awards Ceremony is today, Tuesday May 21, 4 p.m. at Greenwich Library.

Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei will present the awards.

Congratulations to the six finalists!