American Fire Sprinkler Association – Virginia Chapter
2013 Essay Contest Winners Announced
Can you believe it? We had 250 essay contestants this year. That is twice as many than the typical year! It really put our essay judges to work on over-time to read and pick the top ones. This year’s topic was to: “Write a creative, interesting and convincing essay regarding the value and importance of automatic sprinklers in schools.” Virginia’s high school seniors responded in a big way. The topic of fire safety in schools apparently really caught their attention. The Virginia Chapter awards six cash prizes.
The top prize this year was $2500 and will go to Rachel Van Fleet of Mountain View High School, in Stafford, Virginia. Ms. Van Fleet wrote a very moving story about a firefighter explaining how the injuries she had suffered in a school fire as a child would have been avoided had an automatic fire sprinkler been installed in her school, and how the importance of fire sprinklers could not be underestimated.