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2016 Winning Essays about Civil Engineering Mothers

I Look Like A Civil Engineer Mother’s Day Contest
May 31, 2016. Washington, DC – I Look Like a Civil Engineer, LLC today announced the winners of the Civil Engineering Mother’s Day essay contest for children in Grades 2 to 8 whose mother is a civil engineer. Kayra Serpenguzel (Grade 3) won the entry for Grades 2 to 4 while Madeline Lucyshyn (Grade 6) won the entry for Grades 5 to 8. Kayra wrote about her mother, Derin Ural, who helps write emergency preparedness plans and was selected to carry the Olympic torch in London. Madeline wrote about how her mother, Jessica Lucyshyn, takes care of her family while helping her community. Each received a $50 gift certificate.
Mother’s Day Writing Contest Winners
The essay contest invited children whose mother is a civil engineer to write an essay about how their mother helps them, their family, or their community. The contest is part of I Look Like A Civil Engineer’s efforts to change perceptions of civil engineers and increase understanding of what civil engineers do.
“Congratulations to Kayra and Madeline on such impressive essays about their mothers,” said Lynn Mayo, Co-founder of I Look Like A Civil Engineer. “Each essay we received was special and highlighted how these civil engineering moms take care of their family, while improving their communities.”
The Grade 5 to 8 second place winner was Reese Gibson (Grade 5). Tying for second place in the Grade 2 to 4 category were Alexander Gilmore (Grade 3), Avery Gibson (Grade 3), and Leslie Dolson (Grade 2). Second place winners received $25 gift certificates.
The winning essays were selected by a distinguished committee of civil and environmental engineers: Norma J. Mattei, PE, PhD, President-Elect, American Society of Civil Engineers; Colleen Layman, PE, President, Society of Women Engineers; Eileen White, PE, Manager of Operations, East Bay Municipal Utility District, and Yewande Akinola, UK Young Woman Engineer of the Year (2012), Institute of Engineering and Technology.
I Look Like A Civil Engineer is currently holding a similar contest for children in Grades 2 to 8 worldwide whose fathers are a civil engineer. Entries are due by June 20, 2016. For information about that contest, go to Father’s Day Essay Contest
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