The NPR Illinois This I Believe 2020 essay contest wrapped up Wednesday March 4 with a special event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. The 10 winning essayists read their submissions before a crowd that included parents and relatives, friends, teachers, administrators, state lawmakers and others.
This marked the 14th year for the program on NPR Illinois. We received 226 submissions from schools throughout our listening area. The students wrote about their beliefs gained through life experences.
The Rotary Club of Springfield Sunrise has partnered with NPR Illinois since 2007 to promote the program and offer the winners a scholarship award. This year, This I Believe added sponsors that included Kerber, Eck and Braeckel, Marine Bank, BLH Computers, the ALPLM and Brian Barstead with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc.
Thanks to everyone who helped and to all of those who entered the contest. You can find all of this year's winners and those from past years at the NPR Illinois website.