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Southwest Airlines Hockey is for Everyone Essay Contest

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals took part in the National Hockey League’s “Hockey is for Everyone Month,” by hosting the Southwest Airlines Hockey is for Everyone Essay Contest. Students in grades 7-12 were asked to write a 500-word essay explaining “Why diversity is important.”

One winner was selected from each grade and will receive two Southwest airline tickets, a team-signed hockey stick and four tickets to the Capitals home game against the New York Islanders on Monday, March 6. The winners will get to watch the teams warm up from the penalty box and will be recognized on the video board.

With an overwhelming response, the contest was difficult to judge. Essays were received from all over the area with each student describing his/her own unique experiences on diversity. Six winners were chosen for writing outstanding essays for their respective grades. The Capitals would like to thank everyone who participated in the contest and congratulate the winners for a job well done.

The 2006 Southwest Airlines Hockey is for Everyone Essay Contest winners are:
Grade         Name                     School
7 Timothy Matusiewicz  Woodbridge Middle School
8 Jenn Bates Highland School
9 Catherine Treyz Fairfax High School
10 Meredith Mitchell T.C. Williams High School
11 Christinia Whatley Georgetown Day School
12 Laura Hanschen Sherando High School


The NHL's “Hockey is for Everyone Month” is designed to celebrate hockey's growth and diversity. Each February member clubs in the NHL, AHL, CHL, ECHL and UHL support the initiative by donating tickets, distributing posters and visiting youth-oriented and other hockey programs in their markets.
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