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Turkey Hill Announces Essay Contest Winners Chosen From Delaware, Connecticut

Essay contest honoring 125th anniversary of Lady Liberty draws more than 1,400 entries from across America

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (November 2, 2011) For many Americans, the Statue of Liberty represents limitless opportunities and a chance to make dreams come true. To honor this national treasure's 125th anniversary-and the spirit of hope the statue continues to inspire-Turkey Hill Dairy created the Lady Liberty Essay Contest, which asked middle school and high school students a simple question: What does liberty mean to you?

After receiving more than 1,400 entries, Turkey Hill Dairy is pleased to announce the winners of the Lady Liberty Essay Contest: Ethan Linder of Seaford, DE, and Julia Rose Horan of Clinton, CT. Each winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship to apply toward their future higher-education tuition costs.

"We are proud of the several hundred students from across this great nation who took the time to submit their own personal essay on 'liberty,'" said Quintin Frey, president of Turkey Hill Dairy and the grandson of its founder. "It was hard to choose only two winners, but the submissions from Ethan and Julia stood out among the rest."

Ten additional essays were selected as "honorable mentions," and each student will receive a month's supply of Turkey Hill Ice Cream in appreciation of their efforts and recognized writing ability.

A homeschooled senior, Linder titled his essay "Liberty and Justice for All." To him, he wrote, the definition of "liberty" to him is more than just mere words: "Liberty is the very fiber, the invisible hand that shapes our nation into what it should be. It allows us to reach great heights as individuals, but even greater heights as a nation."

"Turkey Hill has confirmed what my wife and I have felt for a long while ... that Ethan is a very gifted communicator and student," said Linder's father, C. Scott Linder.

"Liberty is power," wrote Horan, a seventh-grader from Jared Eliot Middle School. "Not power over a country, or other people of any kind, but power over yourself."

Her essay, titled "Liberty is Power," explores an individual's liberty and one's freedom to determine a personal definition of this idea-and to develop a related set of rules by which to live.

"We wish Julia and Ethan the best in the future as they continue their education, and are grateful for the opportunity to showcase their budding talent," said Frey.

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