CHELMSFORD — Akhila Garre, a rising senior at Chelmsford High School, received honorable mention honors — placing among the top 25 out of 2,474 submissions — in the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest, the JFK Library announced recently.
Garre’s essay, titled “Moving Forward: Nikki Haley,” was the only piece selected from the state of Massachusetts. It tells the story of Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, and her decision to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds.
“I was beyond surprised. This was not expected,” said Garre. “When I submitted my essay, I was thinking it was good, but I wasn’t expecting that I would win something.”
The JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open to U.S. high school students in grades 9 to 12 attending public, private, parochial or home schools; U.S. students under the age…