8th Grade Students Receive Award
in Annual Essay Contest

Congratulations to Pelham Middle School 8th graders Eloise McGibbon and Mia Ritossa who each received Honorable Mention in Lifting Up Westchester’s annual essay contest. This year’s contest, which is open to all 7-12th graders, asked students to explore the topic “What Role Does Housing Play in Influencing Our Future?”


Mia’s essay, titled “When a House is More Than a House,” focuses on the impact inadequate housing can have on families, including on public health, education and obtaining a well-paying job. 


Eloise’s essay, titled “Housing and Our Sense of Security” argues that Westchester County should take on a more active role in creating housing for those in need. 


Both essays can be read on the Pelham Middle School website visiting https://pms.pelhamschools.org/our-school/ms-news/



As Honorable Mention winners, both Mia and Eloise won a $50 prize and were honored at a virtual awards ceremony this past Sunday, March 20. 

Lifting Up Westchester is a non-profit agency committed to helping individuals achieve self-sufficiency. 


To learn more, visit https://www.liftingupwestchester.org/


Mia Ritossa and Eloise McGibbon