PSR/Sacramento High School Scholarship Essay Contest


PSR/Sacramento Congratulates the Winners of our 2023 High School Scholarship Essay Contest


From left to right, Rocio Perez, Ethan Machado, William Souza, Madison McGuire, Ellie Winger, Ethan Orr, Nysa Sarkari, Naudiah Monet Calacal, Eva Pullen, Matthew Ferrara, and Anna Standeven


The prompt for our 2023, chosen by a vote of our members, was the following quotation from the renowned primatologist, environmentalist, and animal rights activist, Dr. Jane Goodall:

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

The 10 finalists presented  their essays orally at a luncheon at the Hilton Arden West in Sacramento on Sunday, April 30. At the luncheon, which was attended by a large audience of PSR supporters, a distinguished panel of judges from the community choose the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. The winners of this year’s contest are listed below. Click on students’ names to read their winning essays. 


First Place Winner ($3,000 Award)

 Ellie Winger

attending Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove


Second Place Winner ($2,500 Award)

Matthew Ferrara

attending Jesuit High School in Carmichael


Third Place Winner ($2,000 Award)

William Souza

attending Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley


$1,000 Scholarship Winner

Naudiah Monet Calacal

attending Oakmont High School in Roseville


$1,000 Scholarship Winner

Ethan Machado

attending C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento


$1,000 Scholarship Winner

Madison McGuire

attending Sierra High School in Manteca


$1,000 Scholarship Winner

Ethan Orr

attending Rosemont High School in Sacramento


$1,000 Scholarship Winner

Eva Pullin

attending Forest Charter School in Truckee


$1,000 Scholarship Winner

Nysa Sarkari

attending Saint Francis High School in Sacramento


$1,000 Scholarship Winner

Anna Standeven

attending Union Mine High School in El Dorado


$250 Scholarship Winner

Rocio Perez

attending Cordova School in Rancho Cordova





Links to the winning essays in our 2024 contest are posted on the Home Page of this website. The winning essays in other past contests can be accessed via the links below: