OSAGE | Over the summer, two recent Osage High School graduates were notified they had received special honors with Sister Cities International.

Hannah Mauser was a finalist in the organization's essay contest and Jacey Goodale was a finalist in the poetry contest.

Mauser's essay was titled, "Prayer of the Children" and Goodale's poem was titled, "Harmony Takes the Crown."

Regarding her essay, Mauser said, "I experienced life-changing events while traveling in Europe for three weeks. Along the way, I met new people and we call came together through music."

For Goodale, "The news and events happening around us have a lot to do with it. It just seems we all forget we are all people and it is okay to be different."

There was one national grand prize winner and two national finalists in each of these categories.

The 2017 Showcase encouraged youth to submit entries inspired by the theme, "We're Going Places."

The winners' and finalists' work was on display at the Sister Cities International Annual Conference held in July in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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