Dr. Edward Bradley, President of Oakseed Ministries International, says of the contest: “The discovery of the great challenges that face the youth of the world is central to the Oakseed essay contest. Many essay writers shared how their eyes were opened to the horror of child trafficking through research for their essay.”
The winners of the age 17 and under category are Courtney Coker of Medford, Oregon in first place, Sarah Marty of West Haven, Connecticut in second place, Kimberly Hanson of Walkoloa, Hawaii with an honorable mention, and Brianna Steirer of Hartland, Wisconsin with an honorable mention.
In the age 18 to 22 category winners are Mary Kelso of Drafter, Michigan in first place, Melissa Manzanares of Whittier, California in second place, Aniecia Lujan of Byers, Colorado with an honorable mention, and Collette Carroll of Merced, California with an honorable mention.
First place winners receive an award of $1,000, second place winners receive an award of $500, and honorable mentions receive an award of $250. Winning essays are posted on [Oakseed’s website www.oakseed.org/
Oakseed Ministries International is committed to assisting local ministries that serve abandoned children and the poor living in the megacities of the Third World by bringing the good news of Jesus in word and deed.