Local Students Win Titanic Essay Contest

Several local students recently received recognition in Palm Beach County’s Titanic Essay Contest.

Austin Stein, a fifth-grader at Waters Edge Elementary School; Andre Soucy, an eighth-grader at Western Pines Middle School; and Mikael Salantine, an eleventh-grader at Wellington High School, were announced as winners.

The essay contest was hosted by the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium for students in grades 3 through 12 related to the upcoming exhibit “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.”

There was one winner in each level: elementary (third through fifth grade), middle (sixth through eighth grade) and high (ninth through 12th grade).

The authors of the three winning submissions will attend the opening of the exhibition on Saturday, Nov. 16 and will receive a cash prize of $500 each. The winning students’ classes will also receive a free visit to the Science Center, transportation, admission and exploration included.

The essay prompt was: “In 1912, when the Titanic sank, women and children were instructed to disembark the boat before men. Think about how the roles of men and women have changed since that time. Do you believe, in today’s society, women and children would still be instructed to get off the boat first? Why or why not? Write an essay explaining your thoughts answering this question.”