Kristian Maples of Tennessee was awarded second place and received a $2,500 scholarship. An active senior at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, Gatlinburg, Tenn., Kristian is editor of the school’s yearbook, is an honors student, class leader and active volunteer in her community.
Students who reside in states without a chartered ESA chapter or in a state with a non-participating state association submit their applications directly to ESA. From these applications, one is chosen to compete against the state winners as the national nominee. The national nominee is awarded a $1,000 scholarship to honor that individual’s achievement. This year’s national nominee was Amanda Watson, a senior at William J. Palmer High School in Colorado Springs.