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Southwest Airlines Hockey is for Everyone Essay Winners

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 Florida Panthers on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The winners will get to watch the teams warmup from the penalty box and will be recognized on the video board.

With hundreds of entries, the contest was difficult to judge. Essays were received from all around the area with each student describing his/her own unique experiences relating to diversity. A winner was selected from each grade level. The Capitals would like to thank everyone who participated in the contest and congratulate the winners for their outstanding essays.

The 2007 Southwest Airlines Hockey is for Everyone Essay Contest winners are:

Grade Name School
7 Ana Matusiewicz Woodbridge Middle School
8 Lydia Creasy Immanuel Academy
9 Valerie Andrews Walkersville High School
10 Catherine Treyz Fairfax High School
11 Zoe Quint T.C. Williams High School
12 Eric Sobel Annandale 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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