Announcing the Winners of Living the Legacy Essay Contest

By | September 1, 2016


The results are in! Last month, the FFWPU USA National Ministry Team launchedLiving the Legacy, the 2016 Essay Competition commemorating True Father’s Seonghwa anniversary, by which we celebrated one of the most powerful pieces of True Parents’ legacy: their words.

Essay Contest_481x270

The theme of the contest was the Cham Bumo Gyeong, the third Holy Scripture, containing some of True Parents’ most powerful messages and reflections on historical turning points in God’s providence in America.

Submissions were received from around the world. Youth, young adults, and adults sent in creative, endearing, expressive, thought-provoking and profound reviews and reflections of the scripture. The entries by youth were particularly heartwarming, as the contents of True Parents’ messages evidently deeply touched even these young minds.

Without further ado, here are the winners of the Living the Legacy Essay Competition:


Read Essay First Place: Eugene Harnett, Anchorage, AK

Read Essay Second Place: Kanna Orikasa, Oklahoma

Read Essay Third Place: Deanna Cooper, Kodiak


Read Essay First Place: Julie Tuballa, Philippines

Read Essay Second Place: Eugene Pierson, Virginia


Read Essay First Place: Mi-ae Nkulu, Arizona

Read Essay Second Place: Edward S. Shin, Chicago, IL

Read Essay Third Place: Elizabeth Reyes, Bay Area, CA

*A total of two entries were received in the young adult category, winning first and second place in that category.

First place winners each receive a $500 scholarship award. Second place winners receive $300, and third place winners win $200. All participants will receive a copy ofLiving the Legacy, the book of essays, as well as a $10 Starbucks gift card for participating. Congratulations to all the winners and participants!

Stay tuned! In the coming weeks, the book containing all qualified submitted entries will be published and available to order.