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Sonia Kharbanda '26 honored in Star Tribune student writing contest

SPA seventh-grader Sonia Kharbanda '26 is one of the winners of a student writing contest sponsored by the Star Tribune newspaper and the Minnesota Urban Debate League (MNUDL) focused on racial inequities in the American justice system. Sonia's essay placed second in the "Middle School" category. 

Last year, MNUDL and the Star Tribune's Opinion editors put out a contest call to students between the ages 10 and 18. Participants were charged with creating an original written essay, video, or audio file that described one or two specific changes our community, state, or nation should make to reduce racial inequities and injustices in the criminal justice system. Read more about the contest and see the full list of winners.

Sonia's winning essay suggests several possible changes to address inequities, including better job training during incarceration, incentivizing employers to stop immediately disqualifying felons from jobs, and allowing current and former inmates to vote. Read Sonia's full essay in the Star Tribune.

Congratulations Sonia!