State Rep. Kim LaSata announces essay contest for Berrien County high school students

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State Rep. Kim LaSata is hosting an essay contest for high school students in Berrien County. The topic of the essay contest is ‘What can you do, or what is something you do already to help better your community?’ The winner will be able to spend the day shadowing Rep. LaSata at the Capitol in Lansing.

“As a lifelong resident of Berrien County and committed advocate for our community, I am excited to hear stories from our students on what they do or want to do to make our community even better,” LaSata said. “Everyone can contribute to our community – whether they participate in an organization like the Boys and Girls Club, clean up trash in our local parks, coach a little league team, or volunteer at their local church.”

The competition is open to all high school students in Berrien County. Students who wish to enter can submit an essay of 400 words or less describing their community service efforts.

Submissions should be sent with the subject line “Community Service Essay” to Rep. LaSata’s email at by Aug. 6.

“There are so many talented and hard-working students in the county who do a great job giving back to the community,” LaSata said. “This is an opportunity for students to be recognized for their efforts and see what is being done for their community at the state level.”