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Grant Receives Recognition in Legacy Project Listen to a Life Essay Contest

Release Date: 6/3/2010 1:52:03 PM

Josephine “Josie” Grant, a ninth grade student at Francis Scott Key High School, was one of twenty students in the United States to be recognized in the Legacy Project’s 11th annual Listen to a Life essay contest for 2009-2010.
The goal of the contest is to help students become more aware of their own dreams and goals, and what’s needed to achieve them, by hearing the real-life stories of older adults. To enter, students from ages 8-18 interview a person over the age of 50, such as a grandparent, older friend, mentor, neighbor, or a nursing home resident. They ask the person about their hopes and goals through their life, how they achieved goals and overcame obstacles, how dreams may have changed along the way, and what life advice the older person can share. The student then writes a 300-word essay based on the interview.
Grant interviewed her 80-year old grandmother, Lucille Frazita, for the contest. Her winning essay is posted on the Legacy Project website at

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