The Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. affiliate with the National Alliance of Faith and Justice Pen or Pencil: Writing A New History initiative recently announced the winners of the Pen or Pencil Essay contest.

The Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. affiliate with the National Alliance of Faith and Justice Pen or Pencil: Writing A New History initiative recently announced the winners of the Pen or Pencil Essay contest.

Students wrote about the theme From Nonviolence to No Violence: Using words Not Weapons to Solve Conflicts. Judges were Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department Capt. Harold Clark, Lighthouse Academy Principal Sandra Smith-Jones and ICVR Board member Shirley Washington.

Winners in grades six-eight are:

First place Moriah Houston;

And second place Kerissa Gipson.

Winners in grades nine-12 are:

First place: Amanda Everett;

Second place: Kerry Gipson;

And third place: Amber Adkins.

First-place winners received a $50 cash prize. Second-place winners received a $35 cash prize. Third-place winners received a $20 cash prize.