NPT and Gilda’s Club of Nashville yesterday awarded the winners of the first NPT/Gilda’s Club of Nashville “It’s Always Something” Essay Contest.” The contest asked high school students to submit personal essays about their experience with cancer for a chance to win up to $2,000. The top three finishers were honored at a reception at Gilda’s Club of Nashville’s headquarters off Music Row with celebrity judges Ron Bironas of the Tennessee Titans and Matt Friction of the Pink Spiders on hand. The Tennessean‘s Beverly Keel was also a judge, but was out of town and unable to attend. First place and $2,000 went to Alison McFerrin, 18, a senior at White County High School; second place and $1,000 went to Hailey Hughes, 18, a senior at Martin Luther King Jr. magnet; and third place and $500 went to Isabelle Gigante, 16, a sophomore at Hillsboro High School. McFerrin also read her winning essay.
In the first picture are, from left, are Bironas, first place finisher McFerrin, third place finisher Gigante, second place finisher Hailey Hughes, Megan Ingram from Gilda’s Club of Nashville and Kathy Edson, NPT.
In the second picture are, from left, are Bironas, first place finisher McFerrin, second place finisher Gigante, third place finisher Hughes and Friction.