The Edmond Sun

December 21, 2012

OKC Memorial names essay winners

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — More than 700 entries from 32 states were received for the 2012 Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum Essay contest. Winning essays came from students in Michigan, Texas and Oklahoma.

Winners received cash prizes and were recognized at the Oklahoma Judicial Center on Dec. 11. Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven Taylor spoke to the winners about the importance of speaking out against violence and his experience of being the presiding judge in the Terry Nichols trial. Amy Downs, Chief Operations Officer and senior vice president of lending at Allegiance Credit Union, formerly Federal Employees Credit Union, shared her experience of being a survivor of the bombing.

The April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City occurred because one person chose violence as a means to express disagreement and effect change, while others chose to remain silent — and 168 innocent people were killed. The quotations selected for the 2012 Student Essay Contest were from people with a personal connection to the bombing, and highlighted the importance of speaking out against violence and doing the right thing in order to make a difference.

The essay contest was sponsored by Allegiance Credit Union.

For more information on the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, call 888-542-HOPE or visit