The Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) announced the recipients of the 9th annual Do the Write Thing Challenge held on April 30. The Do the Write Thing Challenge is an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV) and is funded by the Youth Justice Council of the of the Montana Board of Crime Control.
This year 155 students from Montana's public and private school systems participated in classroom discussions, shared ideas, and wrote and about solutions to youth violence.
Deb Matteucci, Executive Director of MBCC, stated "We are so proud of these students! They have shown compassion, strength and leadership through their writing. Youth violence impacts communities all across the state and these students are helping us to raise awareness of this very important and challenging issue." A selection committee reviewed each essay and selected eight boys and seven girls, whose writings were deemed exceptional, to be recognized by MBCC. They shared their essays and were presented awards at the celebration held at ExplorationWorks! in Helena on April 30.
The finalists were:
- Marcus Wittman & Molly Molvig from St. Francis Upper in Billings
- Tracynn Langer from Bozeman Monforton
- Braydn Jensen & Isabella Belmontez from Butte East Middle School
- Wesley Lewis & Riley Onoszko from Columbus Middle School
- Malcom Peterson & Bailee DuBois from Dillon Middle School
- Antonio Gomez-Dotte & MacKenzie Mercer from Laural Middle School
- Brandon DeHerrera & Chloe Shields from Poplar Middle School
- Cole Bare & Lia Hamilton from Reed Point Middle School
Malcolm Peterson from Dillon Middle School and Chloe Shields from Poplar Middle School were selected as the two national ambassadors to represent Montana during the National Recognition Week activities in Washington, DC, July 23-27, 2016.
To learn about the Challenge, please visit our website at http://mbcc.mt.gov/Programs/Juvenile-Justice/Projects/Do-the-Write-Thing.