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High School Students Win Scholarships in Death With Dignity Student Essay Contestby Jay

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SEATTLE, WA – 18-year old Megan Brennan of Shelton won a $1,000 scholarship in the student essay contest sponsored by Compassion & Choices of Washington (C&C). Megan’s essay, “Thinking About Death Is Just for Old People, Right?” won top prize in the contest for students 18 and under throughout the state. Gig Harbor’s David Kennedy, also 18, earned $500 for his second-place essay which was opposed to the option of Death With Dignity “Wheretitled” Where There Is Life, There Is Hope.” And the $100 250 prize for third place went to 16-year old Christopher Stenson of Bothell, Washington’s “Impact of the Washington State Death With Dignity Act.”

“We want to expose students to the issues surrounding Death With Dignity legislation and develop their awareness of the aid-in-dying movement,” said Robb Miller, executive director of Compassion & Choices of WashingtonC&C, “as well as provide financial assistance for further education.”

Writers were asked to demonstrate an understanding of Washington’s Death With Dignity law, which has been in effect since March 2009. Essays were judged on originality of thought, quality and clarity of presentation, correct use of terminology, familiarity with the issues, original application of research, and potential shown by the author. Read the students’ winning essays and learn more about this annual scholarship contest at www.compassionwa.org.

C&C – an affiliate of Compassion & Choices – provides information, counseling, and emotional support to people facing terminal or irreversible illness. C&C advocates for excellent end-of-life care, hospice, advance directives, and patient-centered care. C&C upholds the right of qualified patients to use Washington’s Death With Dignity Act. Confidentiality is strictly protected. There is never a fee for C&C’s services. For more information: Compassion & Choices of Washington seeks to educate terminally ill individuals and their families about their rights to a dignified, humane, and peaceful death. We provide services appropriate to a diverse community with a focus on comfort care and pain management. Additionally, we strive to increase awareness of, and access to, the full range of end-of-life choices by educating the public at large and by advocating change to existing laws.

Compassion & Choices of Washington – an affiliate of Compassion & Choices -stewards, protects and upholds Washington’s Death with Dignity Act.

877.222.2816, info@CompassionWA.org, www.CompassionWA.org