Briggs announces winner, finalists in his 2015 student essay contest

KING OF PRUSSIA, June 9 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, attended the Lower Merion Board of School Directors meeting yesterday, and the Upper Merion Area School Board meeting on June 4, to announce and congratulate students selected as the winner and finalists of his sixth annual “There Ought to be a Law” essay contest for fifth-graders.

Every year, Briggs encourages those students to write an essay about a law that would improve their school, community or state. Briggs said over 400 essays were submitted this year, on topics ranging from a ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags to the establishment of learning gardens in state schools.

"As a state representative, it is my job to advocate for more than 60,000 people in Harrisburg, and it is important to remember that many of them are children," Briggs said. "It is my hope that this contest shows these young men and women what can be accomplished with hard work and creativity."

Sofia Walczak from Penn Wynne Elementary School was selected as the winner of this year’s contest for her essay, which proposed a law that would better regulate the use of road salt during winter. Walczak researched the harm excessive salt can do to the environment and argued that there are better options to treat roads during winter storms. For winning the contest, she will have the opportunity to visit the state Capitol with her family for a tour, and to be recognized on the House floor.

Finalists in the 2015 “There Ought to be a Law” essay contest, each of whom were presented with an official Pennsylvania House of Representatives citation by Briggs, were:

  • Alesandra Pollack from Gladwyne Elementary School
  • Eugenie Lucq from Gladwyne Elementary School
  • Daniel Novick from Gladwyne Elementary School
  • Janet Spingarn from Penn Wynne Elementary School
  • Ry Miller from Penn Wynne Elementary School
  • Chananya Halpern from Torah Academy
  • Maggie Carr from Waldron Mercy Academy
  • Adjuke Heyburn from Waldron Mercy Academy
  • Sydney Parson from Waldron Mercy Academy
  • Chloe Saulnier from Waldron Mercy Academy
  • Fiona Hogan from Upper Merion Area Middle School
  • Sophie Jordan from Upper Merion Area Middle School
  • Nathaly Rosas from Upper Merion Area Middle School
  • Michael Loschiavo from Upper Merion Area Middle School
  • Morgan Puglisi from Upper Merion Area Middle School 

Briggs represents the 149th Legislative District in Montgomery County. For more information, visit