Richard K. Meyers Memorial
South River History High School Essay Contest

The Richard K. Meyers South River History Essay Contest is sponsored by the South River Historical & Preservation Society, Inc.
and is made possible through contributions from the Meyers family and other donors.

The contest is open to all graduating high school seniors who are residents of South River and who are planning to continue their education.

To apply for the award, each student must submit a typed essay of no less than 1,000 words (approximately two pages, single-spaced in 12 point font) describing something that took place in South River in his or her lifetime. An event need only be of significance to the student; it need not have been a major event in South River's history.

Essays will be judged by members of the South River Historical & Preservation Society and will be added to the permanent collections at the South River Museum – Old School Baptist Church. Judging will be based solely on the quality of the essays, and all awards will be at the discretion of the judges.

Richard K. Meyers was a graduate of South River High School, a dedicated Professor of English, and a Past President of the South River Historical & Preservation Society, Inc. He helped many students learn to write and value their education and enriched the lives of those who knew him.

  • Award amount: 1st place - $500; 2nd place - $350; 3rd place - $150
  • Deadline date: April 15, 2025
  • Eligibility: The contest is open to all graduating high school seniors who are residents of South River and who are planning to continue their education.
  • Applicable Majors: All fields of study
  • Submissions must be sent via email. All submissions must include the applicant's full name, address, phone number, and email address, as well as school name, expected date of graduation, date of submission, and future education plans.

List of Previous Winners

2024
     1st Place - Carlie Ann Kolomyetz, St. Thomas Aquinas High School
2nd Place - Kaylee Conrad, South River High School
3rd Place - Sabrina Rega, South River High School  

2023
Audrey Cotter Bruden, Saint John Vianney High School
Gina-Marie Lepore, South River High School

2022
1st Place - Paige Oswald, Jackson Memorial High School
2nd Place - Erin Gartner, South River High School
3rd Place - Jasmin Blue, South River High School
Honorable Mention - Eric Soares, South River High School

2021
1st Place - Vincent Lepore, South River High School
2nd Place - Emilly Ferreira de Souza, South River High School
3rd Place - Kayla Kostenko, South River High School

2020
1st Place - Jillian Fernandes, South River High School
2nd Place - Alyssa Hernandez, South River High School
3rd Place - Zachary Tamajon, South River High School

2019
1st Place - Evan E. Gartner, South River High School
2nd Place - Hannah Kurtz, South River High School
3rd Place - Paige Edwards, South River High School

2018
1st Place - Cameron Santoro, South River High School
2nd Place - Sophia DiGiovanni, South River High School
3rd Place - Amani Hassan, South River High School

2017
1st Place - Alexis Steffaro, South River High School
2nd Place - Nick Errico, South River High School
3rd Place - Sarah Brister, South River High School

2016
1st Place - Deyvid Vasilev, South River High School
2nd Place - Tricia Raquepo, South River High School
3rd Place - Chase Petras, South River High School

2015
1st Place - Rebecca Baczyk, Middlesex County Vocational & Technical High School
2nd Place - Arianna Brister, South River High School
3rd Place - Brandon Madalone, South River High School

2014
Liliya Marach, South River High School

2013
Bridget LaPlante, South River High School
Rebecca Walsh, Bishop George Ahr High School