Mikaela Speakes, a Pacific High School senior, won second place in the Winston Churchill Student Contest (WCSC) with her essay "Keep Calm and Carry On."

The National Churchill Museum, located on Westminster College campus in Fulton, held the SCSC competition for the fourth time this past school year.

Students in sixth grade through collegiate level from across the country were eligible to enter scholarly essays, marketing plans or activity guides in hopes of winning one of six cash prizes.

Speakes' second-place win included a $100 award. A representative from National Churchill Museum will present Speakes her prize May 16 at the Meramec Valley R-III School Board meeting.

For more information on the Winston Churchill Student Contest and other educational programming opportunities, contact Mandy Plybon, education and public programs coordinator, 573-592-6242, or by emailing her at

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“Leave the past to history especially as I propose to write that history myself.”

Winston S. Churchill