Korey Rush and Nicole “Cozy” Huggins were among 12 finalists in Utah’s Tenth Annual Do the Write Thing Challenge. Korey went on to be selected as one of the top two Utah writers and was awarded a $500 scholarship. Cozy was a runner up and won a $250 scholarship. Both Korey and Cozy were honored by the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice for the anti-violence essays they submitted in January.

cid:3354193021_1913595This national event, sponsored in-part by the Kuwait-America Foundation, invites 7th and 8th grade students to write how violence has affected their lives and what they can do to prevent it in their community. More than 1,500 students from across Utah participated in classroom discussions about youth violence with more than 790 students submitting essays.

Cozy Huggins and Korey Rush

Photo by Iris Durfee

The two students from Treasure Mountain International School were honored at a luncheon held Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at the Governor’s Mansion.

Korey will be recognized this July with other state winners at the Do the Write Thing National Recognition Ceremony in Washington, D.C. They will meet with members of Congress to discuss the problem of youth violence and attend a reception hosted by the Ambassador to the United States for the State of Kuwait. A book containing the students’ writings will be placed in the Library of Congress.

“Bullying has affected my life in a way that makes me feel guilty. I now know to look for it and put a stop to it. I know that it can be stopped with just a few simple words, even though it might cost some friendships,” wrote Korey as part of his essay.

Korey’s essay can be found at:

Cozy’s essay is at: