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Lightning teams up with Stantec for third season of the "What makes a hero" essay contest

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY - For the third season, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Stantec have partnered to help continue the education of two deserving students from the Bay area. During last Thursday’s contest against the Nashville Predators, Stantec awarded the second $5,000 scholarship of the season to Katie Wynn. Ryan Sheehy was the first $5,000 scholarship winner of 2015 on March 7 when the Bolts hosted the Dallas Stars.

More than 60 local students submitted detailed essay’s beginning in November and then a three-month contest took place to find the top choices. Students were required to write an essay based on different topics, ranging from defining a community hero, to volunteer work in the community. A panel of judges consisting of Lightning and Stantec personnel reviewed all the essays and chose the top students. Ryan Sheehy from Stetson University won the college category and Katie Wynn from Hillsborough High School won the high school category.

“This is a program that we are very proud of as a strong commitment to our community is of great importance to Stantec. There was something so heartfelt and personal about both Ryan and Katie’s submission that they really stood out from the others – they are wonderful examples of our next generation of community leaders” said Kim Austin, Director, US Marketing at Stantec.

Both winners were surprised and honored at the Lightning home games in front of their family, friends and peers. Stantec presented each winner with a check for $5,000, which will go directly to their college education.

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